Rotario - Thanksgiving 2019

 Dear Rotarians and Friends,

So much for which to be thankful. . .

I hate to be the one to break the news but, we have no more meetings in November because our meeting this week falls on Thanksgiving and there is no room (Northern Queen Inn to be exact) for our club to meet. Not that we would want to. Even before Thanksgiving the Holiday Season is thrust upon us. It is easy to overlook Thanksgiving once the frenzy of the holidays hits. I’m talking about the displays in stores, Christmas movies 7 days a week on the Hallmark Channel, ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ blaring in the supermarket and holiday events filling every free day in your December calendar but I urge you to stop to take time to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for this year. Part of that reflection for me is from my Rotarian life point-of-view. I’m thankful for the friendship, fun and encouragement I get from all of you.

This year has brought the joy of celebrating Ron and Nancy Knaus’ 60 year milestone anniversary, the news of new grandkids born to members, the eagerness of welcoming new members, the reward of accomplishing service projects and the satisfaction of watching flowers bloom to beautify a barren hillside as we laugh and work together, and the tenderness of sharing loss of loved ones. I’m thankful for all the things that our club members do, in and outside of Rotary, that encourage me to try to be a better person.

Our members give or have given of their time and talents locally in ways such as serving on non-profit boards like BYLT, In-Concert Sierra or Music in the Mountains or even the Grand Jury. Some are volunteering for the upcoming community clinic in January. Some are helping girls learn the mysteries of computer coding or providing snacks while they do.

We are showing Service Above Self in so many areas of our community and also around the world. Did you know that Paul Boch is headed for Ethiopia to help build houses again for Habitat for Humanity?  I think last year he was in Israel doing the same. Thanksgiving and Rotary are tied together for me in so many ways. As you pause to give thanks this holiday, include being thankful for Rotary …. Connecting the World.  I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you at the Holiday Party!

Thursday December 5 - 'Tis the Season!

Holiday Party at Carla and John Burke's Home

A special part of the Holiday Season is celebrating the connections we share and fond memories over the years. Nevada City Rotary will once again be celebrating this year's Holiday Party at the wonderful home of Carla and John Burke.

Join us Thursday December 5 ~ with bells on if you like!  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 5:30pm followed by a light dinner catered by Antonio.  Cost is $35.

Please RSPV before Thanksgiving by replying to this email or contact Cathy. We will confirm a headcount with Antonio so no cancelations after Thanksgiving.

Bellringer for Salvation Army at SPD Nevada City
Saturday December 7, 2019 10am-6pm

Back by popular demand and request of Salvation Army. 
Reply to this email or contact Tom Milam to sign up. 

We need 2 people per 1 hour shift. Signup with Rotary buddy or bring a loved one.  Salvation Army is requesting no more than 2 people per shift, per kettle, unless you are a family with kids. 

Salvation Army also has other opportunities to help this season through the “Adopt a Kettle program”.  This is where businesses or individuals can donate about $250 which will cover one kettle location for a 7-hour shift. Or the “25 days of Christmas giving”, is where a person donates an amount for each day of Christmas. You can contact Captain Cristian Sibaja of the Salvation Army directly at their Office 530.274.3500 or put your cash or check gift in our kettle at SPD on December 7.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers ~ December 7, 2019 at SPD Market Nevada City

Please sign up for 1 or 2 Shifts so we cover the day.  Thank you!

10 AM – 11 AM       Tom & Robin – meet Salvation Army

11 AM – 12 PM        John and Susie Monary Wilson

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1 PM – 2 PM           Walt and Sandy Stickel

2 PM – 3 PM           _________________________________________

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5 PM – 6 PM           Tom & Robin -- Salvation Army team to pick up bucket

Give a Gift with Impact - Adopt A Family 

The holidays are drawing near again! Community Beyond Violence offers two very special ways of making a difference through gift giving.  The Adopt-A-Family matches donors with families who need a little help this year. The Adopt-A-Family enables donors to provide tangible needs for client families by purchasing clothes, gift cards, household items, etc.

They also have an Fund-A-Family program which addresses those in need of basic assistance with things like gasoline, PG&E, propane, glasses, motel room nights, car repairs and so forth. We will be collecting moneys at our Holiday Party to contribute to families in need througth the Fund-A-Family program. Please see Carolyn Inglis to support our gift giving!

To learn more, click the Give A Gift with Impact or the logo

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, December 19 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 December 19 at Trolley Junction at 4:00pm.

Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic ~ January 11-12, 2020

United Way of Nevada County is hosting  the 2020 Grass Valley Free 2-day Health Clinic along with California CareForce!  Over  a two-day period, about 500 patients per day will receive medical, dental and vision services free of charge.  The biggest need is dental and vision care, as these patients are rarely covered in standard insurance policies, nor are they covered in Medicare. Complete eye exams will be available, including tests for glaucoma.  Patients may receive a prescription that is theirs to keep and is good for two years. Then that patient may pick out a new pair of eyeglass frames, and go home with brand new glasses made on site just for them.  The CareForce can make 250 brand new pairs of glasses each day. 

California CareForce will staff 60 dental chairs to provide patients with cleanings, fillings and extractions. A Panograph machine will take a full set of X-rays for each patient. Some local dental care providers will be donating post-clinic services as well. 

As we learned earlier this Fall, the free 2-day clinic will be held on January 11th and 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. It will take many volunteers to hold the health clinic. We need professional medical volunteers to complete the general medical, dental and vision exams and procedures. We will also require volunteers  to help with setup, prep, food service and other odd jobs during the two days.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the e-form by clicking the button below. We will reply within a short time.

Club members are encouraged to sign up to Volunteer individually or create a team and work together.

Click for downloadable Health Clinic flyer

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 28 - Thanksgiving DARK - Celebrate with friends and family!

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

December 12: Lunch Mary Anne Davis--Hospice of the Foothills: 40th Anniversary Update

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 December 16, 2019 - Budget Only.  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.