Rotario - September 19, 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:30pm Social~ Catharine Bramkamp
Economic Impact of the Arts in Nevada County

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

It's Rotario time again ...

And I got a gentle reminder from Robin which said, “Any thoughts on Rotario???  My how time flies!!!”  I thought, is this a good problem to have (no particular agenda to push for the Rotario, or a bad problem to have (no particular agenda to push for the Rotario)? It’s not that we don’t have a lot going on.

You may be aware that we have two potential new members (Linda Guthrie, a long-time Rotarian from Healdsburg and Kim Stewart, a former President of our club) on the horizon.

I know you are aware of Avenues of Service on September 28th. You should be aware of World Polio Day and our “Give Polio the Boot” walk on October 24th. If you’ve been in Rotary at least a year that means you are aware of the Foundation Dinner coming up November 6th in the Fall. You might have heard the John W. and Nathan are already deep into planning the Music and Speech contests. You may have heard that Carolyn F. and Chris submitted an application for us to participate in another Open World project. You shouldn’t be surprised that Carolyn I. and Tom M. have bulb planting at Penzance Park in the works and Michael already has the date (March 15th) and the venue (Miners’ Foundry) nailed down for Hungry Games.

That’s not to mention all the other things thrown in like Bell Ringing, Adopt-A-Family, a potential Interact Club at SAEL, the holiday party, Los Barriles medical clinics, little free libraries and so much more. As Robin said, “My how time flies!!!”

Are we busy as a club? Yes. Are we connected and making a difference? Yes. So, any thoughts on Rotario??? My only thought is to take it easy on the club this week and tell you to slow down, enjoy this wonderful transition from summer to fall, enjoy the rain and stop and smell the roses (there are some beautiful heritage ones with the most delicious aromas around town) and get ready to dive in again real soon

(Sept. 28th I still need a few Sergeant-At-Arms volunteers). See you all on Thursday evening!

This Week's Social - Catharine Bramkamp
Economic Impact of the Arts in Nevada County

Catharine Bramkamp  is a successful writing coach,  bringing  her clients from idea to published book  to

promotion.  She produced  200 episodes of the writing podcast, Newbie Writers and has served a dozen clients as their Chief Storytelling Officer   making sure the social media output matches and enhances the core values and message of the company.  She has written 17 novels and 3 books on writing, some self published, some traditionally published. Her poetry has been included in over a dozen anthologies. 

She  holds an MA in Creative Writing from SSU and a BA in English from UCSB and a professional certificate from SSU specifically for Social Media.  She currently  serves on the Nevada County Arts Council Board.  She is delighted to be back in Nevada County where she grew up. 

Key Findings of Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click the Arts Council logo for information on the Nevada County Arts Council and read key findings from the Arts & Economic Prosperity in Nevada County report.

Last Week's Lunch ~ Lorraine Reich: the “Move to Amend” 

Lorraine Reiche presented a well informed discussion on Move to Amend's Proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution.  To read the amendment and learn more, click the icon to visit  "We the People" at

We the People Amendment 28

REGISTER NOW!!! Avenues of Service - District 5190 Training September 28

On September 28, 2019 you will have another opportunity to learn about Rotary and where you might want to use your valuable talents. Cathy is envisioning 3 carloads of Nevada City Rotarians at Avenues of Service (AOS)A Day of Learning for all Rotary Members. Some fantastic sessions are planned with knowledgeable presenters. Both Robin and Pp and PAG Dennis Geare will lead sessions along with many more on the program so you know they’ll be educational (and fun).

The cost is $20.00 and includes a Continental breakfast and lunch AND the Club pays for it so the cost to you is zero! Cathy needs 2-3 more Sargent of Arms for the day so, if you are interested in helping, please let her know. To register, click or the flyer image.

Click for Program Schedule

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:

September 19: Social Social- Catharine Bramkamp - Arts Council

September 21: SYRCL River CleanUp - SIgn up with SYRCL at Yuba River CleanUp to help with Miners Trail or other favorite spot Cleanup.

September 26: Lunch Catrina Olson, City Manager of Nevada City

September 28: Avenues of Service - 8:30 Registration 9:00am-3:45pm Program; See details above

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:  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


Cathy Wilcox-Barnes 9/03  Carolyn Feuille and Bob 9/04
     Walt Stickel and Sandy 9/09
     Nathan Leishman and Stephanie 9/27

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 September 16, 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.