In these times ...

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Unfortunately, due to the current, ever-evolving health crisis our Sunday, March 15th Hungry Games event will not take place this weekend. Following directions from the Nevada County Health department we have postponed it until Sunday, July 19, 2020, same time, same place (Miners' Foundry, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

Thank you all for working so hard to set the stage for an even more successful event this year. If you have sold tickets (either raffle or admission) please reach out to the people that you sold them to and reassure them that the tickets will be honored at the July event. Nothing has changed. There will still be only 100 raffle tickets sold and their ticket will be in the hopper. The general admission tickets they hold, even with a March 15th date, will get them in the door.

The live and silent auction will still take place. The Sgt Funky music, fun and fabulous food will still take place - just a few months later!

If ticket holders can't make the July date, please reassure them the raffle ticket does not require you to be present to win. This is a major fundraiser to support our local Youth and Community Service projects. If they have general admission tickets and can't make the date, ask them if they want to "donate" the money to Rotary. We are hoping ticket holders will want to contribute in this way but we won't refuse refunds.  If they prefer a refund, either for the raffle or the admission, we will provide it. Just put your best Rotary foot forward and explain that we are sorry we had to postpone but we are acting in a responsible manner and want to do what is best for our community (and them) at this time.

Support our Community Partners

We encourage our community to patronize and support all our generous supporters and partners through this challenging period.

We appreciate the generous support our community extends to Rotary and specifically to Nevada City Rotary. We recognize that postponing has a direct impact on our chefs at The Ham Stand, on Miners Foundry Cultural Center and on our partners. Our participating partners include Nevada City Winery and Szabo Winery, Dr Sarah's Pies, Crumbunny Coffee Roaster, Cheri's Hand Dipped Ice Cream, The Truffle Shop and Sheila Keene-Larsen Tupperware.

* * *  2020 Participating Raffle Restaurants  * * *

We have 14 restaurants who have donated certificates so we will be doing our Winner Takes All Raffle PLUS silent auction, BONUS drawings or other options. 

Lefty's Grill ~ Sopa Thai ~ One11 ~ Bistro 221 ~ Sergio's Cafe ~ New Moon Cafe
Casa Las Katerinas ~ Twelve 28 Kitchen ~ Tofanelli's ~ Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. 
Friar Tuck's ~ Ikes Quarter Cafe ~ The Ham Stand ~ The Station at Northern Queen 

Live and Silent Auctions

Live Auction donors include Chris and Christina Geyer, Hansen Brothers, 16 to 1 Mine, and Alpine Aviation plus our fabulous auctioneer Jay Cooper.  Silent auction donations are provided by Judy Soldavini, Nicole Dillard, Inner Sanctum, La Cache Jewelry, Novaks, Mountain Pastimes, Tupperware, The Earth Store, Hat Store, Heather McLaughlin, Mountain Bounty Farm, The Truffle Shop, and Cathy Wilcox-Barnes.

Sgt Funky Band

And of course our amazing musicians who are Sgt. Funky.

Rotary Club Meetings

In addition, our next two regularly scheduled Rotary meetings (March19 and 26) have been canceled at this time. We will keep you informed as things continue to change.  We have received notices that other Clubs are following the State and County directive and are canceling meetings as well.

The Station at Northern Queen hosts us each week for our meetings.  We encourage you to support John, Karen and staff by trying their Honey, What's for Dinner Tonight? take out dinner.  Check out what they are serving at Once you've made your decision, either call- 530-460-9444, email your order to or order online. They also serve a wonderful Sunday Brunch on site. With the current situation, check ahead to be sure they are serving brunch on site.

RALLYE - Rotary Awards Learning and Leadership Yearly Event CANCELED

After much deliberation, District 5190 made the tough decision to cancel RALLYE originally scheduled for April 24-26.  Watch this space for new remote learning opportunities.  

Rotary/Music in Mountains Young Musicians Competition CANCELED

Music in the Mountains and Western Nevada County Rotary clubs have reached a very difficult decision regarding the upcoming Young Musician’s Competition. Both organizations are committed to bringing the competition back next spring 2021. Students will be refunded the administration fee or may apply it towards the 2021 competition if they so choose.

Thank you to the talented musicians who have been practicing and preparing for this wonderful event. The Rotary District 5190 RALLYE Conference during which the Area winners for both the Speech and Music Contests were to compete in April has also been canceled.

Member Corner - 2020 PETS Was Held Last Week!

PETS 2020

PE Tom is ready to lead the Club as President in 2020-2021 after a full, engaging weekend at PETS with PP/PAG Dennis serving as SSA. With next year's theme Rotary Opens Opportunities, DGE Berta’s motto is When we give joy through service, we find joy in our JOurneY.  Tom is looking at new opportunities for our coming year with Nevada City Rotary!

More to come

Robin monitors our email. You can direct questions to that email or to me.  The situation is very volatile.  As we learn more and to stay in touch, we will send out regular or more frequent Rotarios. 

Thank you all again for your hard work and dedication to our Rotary Club. Be patient and be safe.

Your President,

Cathy W-B

Upcoming Events - Postponed, Canceled and Planned:

March 15: Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - postponed to July 19, 2020

March 19: Social DARK Through at least April 1

March 26: Lunch DARK Through at least April 1

To be rescheduled: 

  • Bob Murley-  ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know”
  • Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk

March 28: Young Musicians Concert 2:00pm Area 4 Rotary and MIM Music Concert CANCELED

April 24-26:  RALLYE - District 5190 CANCELED

To Be Determined:

April 2: Social Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”

April 9- Lunch- Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”

April 16: Social: Nancy Kemp:  Update on Girls Who Code

April 23- Lunch Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

May 7:  FUN Social

March 14: Lunch

May 21 Social: Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!

June 18: Cathy's Demotion Dinner

July 17: The Children's Festival, 9am - noon and 5pm - 8pm Pioneer Park, Nevada City

August 20: DG Roberta Pickett Visit


Club Leadership


President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Milam
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 of the 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 April 20, 2020.  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 The Station at The Northern Queen
(Formerly Trolley Junction Restaurant)

400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $12 + BYOB — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Rotary Vision

TOGETHER, we see a world where PEOPLE unite and take action to CREATE lasting CHANGE across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves