Hot Summer Nights 2024 in Action

With warm summer days ahead we have a unique opportunity for Community Service. Our Community Services Director (Chief Dan Foss) has asked the Rotary Club of Nevada City to help at the Hot Summer Nights Event.
To sign up, please go to Nevada City Hot Summer Nights Signup and enter your name in one or more of the colored fields!
The dates/times are: Wednesday evenings, July 17, 24 and 31, 2024.  
Thank you in advance for being Rotarians in Action! Questions or want to signup the old fashioned way, contact Cathy ( or (530) 263-2496) and she’ll add you to the list.
Hot Summer Nights 2024 in Action 2024-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Backpacks for Students 2024

Once again, Nevada County Child Support Services, in collaboration with Community Beyond Violence, is thrilled to announce our 4th Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive! Last year Nevada City and other Rotarians donated backpacks, supplies and cash to support the Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive. The drive distributed 198 backpacks. This year, their goal is to reach 300 backpacks.
You can help achieve this milestone and have Nevada County students show up for their first day a school proud of their new backpacks and supplies. Contribute in whatever way you want -- donate an empty backpack or one filled with supplies; donate just supplies or make a cash donation. Biggest need is for supplies - especially binders and markers - and cash donations to fill packs on hand by July 15!

It’s easy peasy to donate!

Backpacks for Students 2024 2024-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Recycling Plastics with Trex, Inc.

One load of 140 pounds of stretchable plastics Jim Bair picked up from Briar Patch on a sunny day in June 2024 is buldging from his SUV as he unloads at SaveMart.  Nevada City Rotary took the lead to partner with Trex Company, Inc. to recycle stretchable plastics that Waste Management (aka WM) will not accept. The public response has been amazing! In less than 9 months we collected over 4,000 lbs -- 2 tons of plastics.  Now several years later we are approaching 15,000 lbs and are looking for a sustainable County wide solution to this recycling issue.
The growing amount of plastics being put in our bins presents an unsustainable demand on our Club.  We are working on how to turn over and/or end this project gracefully in the coming months. 
Recycling Plastics with Trex, Inc.  2024-06-04 07:00:00Z 0 Trex,recycle

Rambling Rotarians Summer Stars 2024

Nevada City Rambling Rotarians hit the trail with the Bear Yuba Land Trust Star Challenge on Sunday. We found our first star on the Rough & Ready Trail at Wildflower Ridge. The Music Helps the Soul design is the perfect star to salute our incoming DG Dennis!
Delightful stars created by artists at Neighborhood Center for the Arts have been hung on 18 trails around the area. The Star Challenge goes until June 23. T-shirts and prizes will be presented to registered ($25) participants at the Celebration of Trails Street Party on June 29 in Nevada City. For more details visit BYLT’s Star Challenge. Whether you register or not, you are welcome to join us on the star hikes. Let Cathy, Kelly, and Robin know if you are interested in joining us.
Rambling Rotarians Summer Stars 2024 2024-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Garden Demotion Party 2024 2024-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Vocational Service in Action

On a sunny Saturday morning June 1, John Hensley handed over keys to Noel Brownell owner of Tour de Nevada City Bike Shop. John added an extension to his real estate office and Harmony Ridge Market building on Hwy 20 across from the Old 5 Mile House. The new annex will soon be home to Tour de Nevada City’s outpost.
The two Nevada City Rotarians are a great example of Rotary’s Vocational Service at work. Rotary’s focus on Vocational Service is about promoting the highest ethical standards in business and contributing our vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community. Congrats to John and Noel for sharing your individual professional skills to serve the many local and visiting bikers on Harmony Ridge!
Rotary Vocational Service in Action 2024-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Value of Community Radio

Thank you Kim Stewart for a fun and informative presentation on The Value of Community Radio. We value KNCO and the many ways KNCO has partnered and supported Nevada City Rotary over the years! 

Here’s a fun video Kim wanted to share —
The Value of Community Radio 2024-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Thank you to our Partners

The power of partnership expands our opportunities for service and the impact of our work.  We celebrate and extend a special thank you to our partners during this Rotary year.

Thank you to our Partners 2024-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Lunch Options at Creekside NC

We return to CREEKSIDE NEVADA CITY for our lunch meeting.
Please RSVP with your meal choice:
  1. Salad Option
    Shrimp & Crab Louie - Bay shrimp, dungeness crab, shredded iceberg, hard boiled egg, pickled red onion, asparagus, avocado, celery hearts, "louie dressing"
  2. Meat Option
    The Classic Burger - 1/3# Wagyu beef patty, White cheddar, pickled red onions, Russian dressing, lettuce, tomato, brioche bun with fries.
  3. Vegetarian Option
    The Caesar - Classic Caesar dressing, local gems, shaved parmesan, deer creek sourdough crostini, shallot jam.
Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday and specify your choice for lunch. Meeting charges are $25 if you are eating and $10 if you are not eating. You may pay  with cash, check or credit card (+$1 fee - $26/meal) at lunch. If you wish to prepay, after you have RSVPed, go here to prepay.  Add $1/meal (i.e. $26) to cover fees and notify Tom Ryan via Email that you have prepaid.
Lunch Options at Creekside NC 2024-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Chief Foss and NCRotary honored for Service

Nevada City Rotary is proud to be recognized for our Community Service and we salute Chief of Police Dan Foss as the recipient of the prestigious Elza Kilroy Award for Outstanding Service. Chief Dan and Nevada City Rotary was honored at Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s 122nd annual Awards Night & Dinner - “A Long Table” Event, Saturday May 18, 2024.

Dan accepted his Elza Kilroy award Saturday evening accompanied by his wife Lisa and daughter Olivia.  Tom Ryan and Tom Milam accepted the Community Service award for our Club and were joined by Lynn, Kelly (and Dave), and Nicole. 

  For more on the awards,
Chief Foss and NCRotary honored for Service 2024-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

SAEL Interact Harmonious Wolf Foot Race

Thanks to Walt for supporting the SAEL Interact Club with their Harmonious Wolf Foot Race Fundraiser on Saturday May 8.

The race took place off Hwy 20 at Conservation Road in Nevada City - just beyond Five Mile. The event encouraged DIY t-shirts as displayed by Walt!
SAEL Interact Harmonious Wolf Foot Race 2024-05-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Area 4 Music Contest 2024

Athena Giuliani wins first place at District 5190 Conference Contest! 
One word for this year’s Area 4 Music Contest — WOW! Six very talented high school musicians competed. Winners were:
1. Athena Giuliani, violin, Forest Charter (5th from left)
2. Baraka Anderson, piano, SAEL (3rd from left)
3. Joanna Cancino, flute, NU (6th from left)
An accomplished violinist, Athena advances to District Conference on May 18. Read more about Athena and the District Contest on
Last year Baraka won Area 4 and placed third at District Conference.
Thank you to event chair Derek Williams, Grass Valley, and to Gayle Denney or Pearce Boyer for representing our club.
Rotary Area 4 Music Contest 2024 2024-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

D5190 Better Together Conference

May 17-19, 2024
Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV

To those who are Conference bound, have a great weekend celebrating a year of heart and hope for our Club and District. A big thank you to DGE Dennis, SAA Chair Cathy, and sponsorship maestro Steven for your leadership.  Thanks also to all who are reporting to Cathy for Sergeant roles. To Karen, Cathy, and Louise special thanks for your leadership this year and into the year ahead!

Athena Giulani won 1st place in the District 5190 Music Contest!

And we send best wishes to our Area Speech and Music Contest winners. Our Area 4 Music Contest winner is Athena Giuliani, who is a Senior at Forest Charter. She is an accomplished violist who played an amazing rendition of Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns. Read more about Athena as a musician at  Grass Valley Violinist on

Our first place Speech Contest winner is Adam Jones who is a Senior at NU and active Interactor. This year's speech theme is “How  have  you  volunteered  towards  promoting  HOPE  in  the world  and  how  did  you  see  HEARTS  impacted  through  the experience?” Read more at Area 4 Speech Contest.

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Nevada City Rotary “Upscale Resale” Fundraiser

Rain or Shine this show went on! And rain it did!

And you know what, the rain turned out to be a blessing because it forced/allowed us to change our loading schedule and get set up on Friday at SAEL!
Click to see Upscale Resale Photo Album
Tom with Peter Newsom our adopted hero!
A big thank you to our expanded Upscale Resale Fundraising team - Carolyn, Chris, Louise, Nicole, Cathy, Tom Ryan, Alison, Dan, Walt, Mai, Tally, Lynda, Robin, and EVERYONE! To all who donated and collected items and who rolled with us each step of the way -- And to our generous sponsor Tally and First U.S. Community Credit Union. To Lynn and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce,, the Union and Kim and KNCO who ran special notices of our last-minute venue change. It took a lot of energy, coordination, and more to pull off! Mother Nature forced a reorganizing scramble moving us from the Ridge Rd parking lot to inside SAEL Academy, but we did it with lots of Nevada City Rotary style and fanfare!
We had over 100 shoppers during our opening hour and the flow continued through the morning. Then just before noon we announced our 50% close out reduction (enjoyed a much-needed pizza boost) and shopping peaked again. With well over 300 shoppers, we sold bikes, kayaks (thank you Alison), jewelry, paintings, collectibles, fine crystal, housewares, bedding, a bit of furniture and so much more! Mai’s Facebook and other media postings, along with the help of others, had people showing up looking for specific items. Preliminary reports show we exceeded our $6,000 sales goal.
Special Thank you's to Chris for your generous use of your home; Peter Newsom who was onsite lifting, hauling, and whatever almost every day, all day since we began!; Tom and Chris for donating the Box truck…we could not have done this without that truck; all who loaned their pickups and SUVs to haul paintings, boxes and more!!!; Others who joined the load/unload/reload, floor support, and more: Tom Milam, Dave Brown, Kelly, Dennis, Miles, Gloria Riley, Pearce, Steven, Collin, Bob Morley, Jim, Gayle, Dave, Stacy, Andrea, Kim, Tally and Colten; Plus Paul, Karen and Bob were out in the rain redirecting traffic from Ridge Road to SAEL before joining us at SAEL; Walt, Cathy, and whomever else covered the area updating and posting signage and of course, all the unknown or forgotten actions taken by so many! Cranking up, regrouping together, enjoying the camaraderie - We are truly Rotarians in Action!
Thank you, Nevada City Rotary, our extended family, and our fabulous community who came out in the rain to shop, support, and have fun with us!
More on the background story…
Nevada City Rotary “Upscale Resale” Fundraiser 2024-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Join Us for a Cause: Nevada City Rotary Upscale Resale

Mai Lee
Marketing Coordinator 310-621-3721

Join Us for a Cause: Rotary Club of Nevada City Upscale Resale Fundraiser!

NEW LOCATION: SAEL Academy (formerly Nevada City Elementary)
505 Main Street, Nevada City Google Map
Due to forecasted rain!

Nevada City, California – [Date] – Rotary Club of Nevada City is thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to the community for an extraordinary event that promises not only fantastic finds but also an opportunity to drive positive change in our beloved community. The Rotary Club of Nevada City Upscale Resale Fundraiser is set to take place on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the auditorium at the Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) located at 505 Main St, Nevada City.
This unique event is more than just a shopping experience; it's a chance to make a tangible impact on the lives of local youth. Every purchase and donation directly supports youth service programs in Nevada County, ensuring a brighter future for the next generation.
Shop for a Purpose. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse through a carefully curated selection of high-quality, pre-loved items, including clothing, tools in good condition, sporting goods, home décor, and more. Discover hidden gems and unique treasures while knowing that your purchase is contributing to the empowerment of local youth.
Donate with Heart. Got gently used items that deserve a second life? Your donations can make a significant impact! Help us empower the next generation by clearing out your closets and decluttering your spaces. We welcome donations of clothing, furniture, electronics, household goods, and more.
We believe in the power of community and the potential of our youth. The Upscale Resale Fundraiser is our way of bringing these beliefs to life, where every action, whether it's shopping or donating, directly benefits the future leaders of Nevada County," said Carolyn Feuille, Coordinator, at Rotary Club of Nevada City.
Let's come together as a community to shop sustainably, give back, and support the future leaders of Nevada County. Spread the word, mark your calendars, and let's make this fundraiser a resounding success!
For inquiries about sponsorship opportunities or to learn, more visit
Have items to donate? Please submit a Donation Form.
[End of Press Release]
Join Us for a Cause: Nevada City Rotary Upscale Resale 2024-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Earth Fest Celebration 2024

Wonderful day at Nevada City's Earth Fest Celebration on Sunday April 21. View photo album!
A big thank you to all who greeted a slew of  locals and visitors at our booth ~ Tom Ryan, Cathy, Kelly and Dave, Chris, Walt and Sandy, Jim, Robin, Louise, Steven, Kim, and Nancy and to those who dropped by including Nevada City Chamber event coordinator Lynn!  We gave out over 300 packets of wildflowers while also talking about our plastics and lithium-ion battery recycling, our upcoming Upscale Resale event, and all things Rotary.  Chris showed off her Tesla EV and provided tons of information fact sheets. 
Nevada City Earth Fest Celebration 2024 2024-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Area 4 Tulip Walk Social

A beautiful day for tulips! Enjoy the photos

Enjoy iPhone Video A special invitation for Area 4 Rotarians & family

Spring time is tulip time at Ananda's Crystal Hermitage Gardens. Each year some 20,000 tulips are replanted to create a lush garden display of some 100 varieties of pink, purple, orange and yellow tulips.
By special invitation, Area 4 Rotarians and family will be treated to a private tour of the gardens led by fellow Rotarian Mai Lee who also serves as Volunteer Marketing Manager for Crystal Hermitage. Join us for a very special tour and Social for the Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County!
Monday April 15 at 5:30pm (Rain or Shine)
Crystal Hermitage Gardens
14618 Tyler Foote Rd,  Click for Directions
On Ananda grounds follow the yellow Tulip signs!
Nevada City, CA 95959
We encourage carpooling from the Rood Center. Please plan to gather at the Rood Center before 5pm to arrive at the gardens before 5:30pm for the tour.
A $10 donation is suggested for each participant.  
Dress for weather and photos!
For questions and more information contact Cathy Wilcox-Barnes or Mai Lee 310-621-3721.
Rotary Area 4 Tulip Walk Social 2024-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Add Your Business Listing to Rotary Directory

Rotary Area 4 Business and Professional DirectoryThe Rotary Club of Grass Valley is updating the District 5190, Area 4 Business and Professional Services Directory of local Rotarians to promote their business or profession. You are invited to submit your business information to be included. The free directory is a great way to publicize your business/profession and provide a valuable reference guide for doing business with other Rotarians. We encourage your participation.
The most direct way to submit your entry is via Business and Professional Service Directory Form, an online Google Form.
For more details,
Add Your Business Listing to Rotary Directory 2024-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Nevada City Bridge Construction 2024 2024-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Los Barriles April 2024 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0 East Cape Health,Los Barriles,international
2024 Upcoming Rotary Events 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening RYLA 2024

RYLA 2024 Northern Nevada/Northern California

A Rotary Youth Awakening for this year's
High School Juniors and Seniors and tomorrow's leaders.

Week 1 June 16-21 ~ Week 2 June 23-28
Click for more information on Camp RYLA for more information. 
Know a student you want to encourage to participate?  Have them complete RYLA Interest Form and return it to you as NC Rotary or to Louise Johnson.  APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening RYLA 2024 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Menstrual Hygiene Kit Work Day

With 49er Rotary
March 16th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
615 Hollow Way, Nevada City

Partnering with the Relief Society of the Church in making menstrual hygiene kitsto take to San Miguel de Allende

Bring your sewing machine and/or serger
Don’t sew … bring a pair of scissors and a smile 😊

Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be available.
Contact Lynda Guthrie for more details.

Menstrual Hygiene Kit Work Day 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0 menstrual hygiene

Rotary Grant for BFFY SAFE Youth

Nevada City Rotary is proud to participate with three local Rotary Clubs in a $26,000 District Grant to pay for numerous additions for Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY).
The Rotary District 5190 Grant – the second major grant from the clubs and district during the past year – will allow Bright Futures for Youth to buy audiovisual equipment, install an ADA-compliant ramp, and pay for new patio furniture and lighting at the nonprofit’s Litton Hill campus for the organization’s Unhoused Project. Bright Future’s SAFE program assists young people facing housing instability.
Rotary Grant for BFFY SAFE Youth 2024-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute March 16, 2024 2024-03-01 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County

2024 Area 4 Youth Speech Contest

Wednesday March 13, 2024 10:00am - 1:00pm
Nevada Union - Room J204

Rotary Area Youth Speech Contest

Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada hosted the annual 2024 High School Speech Contest. This year's theme is “How  have  you  volunteered  towards  promoting  HOPE  in  the world  and  how  did  you  see  HEARTS  impacted  through  the experience?”
Eleven contestants participated from four high schools including Nevada Union (6) ,Bear River (3), Ghidotti (1) and North Point (1).
Congratulations to last week’s Area 4 Speech Contest winners:
3rd Place - Willow West, Sr at North Point Academy 
2nd Place - Graham Gardemeyer, Soph at NU and Interact
1st Place - Adam Jones, Sr at NU and Interact
Adam Jones will advance to our District Contest in Reno on May 18, 2024.
Thank you to Louise, Nevada City Youth Chair, for assisting with judging and to 49er Rotarian Marty Lombardy for chairing the event for Area 4.
2024 Area 4 Youth Speech Contest 2024-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

Penzance Park bulb planting

It is that time of year!  A small group of Nevada City Rotarians took advantage of short break in the atmospheric rivers to plant more daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. Good news is the ground was soft for Walt Stickel, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Tom Ryan, Gayle Denney, Kelly Babineau and Dave Brown.

Penzance Park bulb planting 2024-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

PDG Doug McDonald Honored as Outstanding Eagle Scout

Special congratulations to PDG Doug McDonald. Doug was recognized with the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. This award is a prestigious recognition granted by the local council’s (Redwood Empire Council, Santa Rosa) NESA committee to an Eagle Scout who has demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. This recognition honors an Eagle Scout whose efforts has made a positive impact in the community. Those receiving this recognition have devoted a lifetime of service to their community and the Boy Scouts of America at a great sacrifice to themselves and their families.
Doug served as a BSA professional for over 35 years, beginning as a District Executive, followed by Senior District Executive, Field Director, Finance Director, and then Council Scout Executive of three different councils in California. As a BSA professional, he guided his councils and their volunteers to numerous achievements of the Quality Council Award and Journey to Excellence Awards. Doug was a peer leader to other professionals and volunteers during his long BSA career in various councils in California. 
Doug has actively served Rotary Clubs during his professional career wherever his career took him and during his retirement for a total period of nearly 50 years – he is still active in Rotary today. Past District 5190 Governor, his ongoing Rotary service includes District 5190 Grants Chair and co-president for the Rotary Club of Nevada City. He continues to advise on grants, service projects, and training. Doug was honored by District 5190 Rotarians with the creation of the McDonald Youth Leadership Development Fund to provide financial assistance to teens for participating in various leadership development programs in both Scouting and Rotary.
PDG Doug McDonald Honored as Outstanding Eagle Scout 2024-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Wrenn Cleary 2023 Global Scholar

Wrenn’s Oxford Matriculation

My first term at Oxford, or Michaelmas Term, has concluded and I've completed courses in Water and Health, Economics Law and Governance of Water, Climate and Catchment Processes, and one elective - Climate Change and the Media.
While most of my time is spent reading for classes, I've managed to take a few small trips including to nearby Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds, and into London. I attended a holiday meal with my host club of Abingdon, where I got to pull my first Christmas cracker, and I have had several opportunities to meet with Rotarians of clubs in Oxfordshire. Colleges at Oxford facilitate a social community with dinners and get-togethers. My college, Kellogg College, hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner that I attended and they managed to get almost all the meal staples, except for the interesting and daring twist of a cranberry pie in place of pumpkin. As far as communication challenges there haven't been so many except for a slight difference in vocabulary. Although we did have a guest lecture by an Irish professor once and most of the time his accent was completely unintelligible to me - luckily they gave out class notes! I also officially matriculated and wore our required Oxford subfusc attire.

Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper

I've attached a few photos. I attended my host Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper's holiday meal where I met the president and presented to her the Nevada City club banner, which she was very excited to receive.
Wrenn Cleary 2023 Global Scholar 2023-12-31 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Global Scholar,environment

Nevada City Rotary celebrates Rotary Global Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit

Update from Global Grant Scholar: Evani Radiya-Dixit

My name is Evani Radiya-Dixit, and I had the incredible opportunity to conduct research at the University of Cambridge from 2021 to 2022 with the support of the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship. At Cambridge, I examined the risks and harms of police use of facial recognition surveillance in the UK. Specifically, I developed an audit to assess the ethics and legality of police use of facial recognition technology, and then applied this audit to three British police deployments of the technology. This experience has led me to my current work on the societal impact of technology.

Following my research at Cambridge, I have been pursuing a master’s degree in Sociology at Stanford University. Here, I have been focusing on the impact of surveillance technology on society, especially on communities of color and other marginalized groups. In April of this year, I organized a panel on this topic, where I brought together activists and researchers whose work I had read in the UK. This work drew on the engagements that I had with activists, civil society groups, and researchers in the UK. In August, I published a brief discussing takeaways from the panel with the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
At Stanford, I was also a teaching assistant for a course on tech ethics and policy. Additionally, I have taken courses on social science methods, the sociology of science, and the role of race in education. Over the upcoming months, I will continue to take classes that build on the learnings and experiences that I had through the Rotary 

Evani’s Scholarship Year

Nevada City Rotary was delighted to extend a warm welcome to Rotary Global Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit and her parents on Thursday August 25.  Evani presented an inspiring overview of her year in Cambridge conducting research at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Global Scholar.  Her focus was the ethical use of facial recognition technologies. 
Evani reaffirmed that her research aligns with Rotary's work in peacebuilding and conflict prevention by revealing the risks and harms of facial recognition and by informing tech policy in a manner that mitigates discrimination and promotes peace.
Pictured with Evani and her parents are District Grants chair Bill Boon and the Nevada City Rotary Global Scholarship Committee Co-President Carolyn Feuille, Treasure/PP Tom Ryan and PP Tom Milam.  
Nevada City Rotary celebrates Rotary Global Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit 2023-12-26 08:00:00Z 0 Evani Radiya-Dixit,Rotary Global Scholar

Nevada City Celebrates with DG Stacy

DG Stacy touched our hearts with her personal Rotary story and her warm message to share openly from the heart. Together through Rotary we leave footprints where we have never been.
Stacy opened the meeting by inducting our newest member Noel Brownell. A big welcome to Noel who with his wife and two children own Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop.  Noel is also a successful Mortgage Broker and is sponsored by John Hensley. 
Together with Co-President Karen, she recognized two Club members with the Heart of Rotary and Quiet Rotarian Awards.

Heart of Rotary - Nicole Dillard

Nicole has a true heart for Rotary and our Club. As president as of the Nevada City Rotary Foundation, she has reactivated it, was able to put a new active board in place, selecting her replacement as the long-time president for the benefit of the club and the community. She received her next level Paul Harris Fellow level 4 this year. In addition, she provides speakers’ gifts every week whether she can attend the meeting or not, she selects a book or two pertinent the speaker and all without wanting personal recognition. Nicole supports Polio Plus with a donation box at her shop. She’s a behind the scenes worker and valued member of Nevada City Rotary. 

Quiet Rotarian - Judy Soldavini

Judy is our club’s Quiet Rotarian this year. As our club’s service director, she and her committee have made sure our meeting accommodations are comfortable, and convenient. She opened her beautiful home for Rotary informational meetings and has made it available to us in the future. Club social events would not be the same without her touch of hospitality and artistic abilities, always giving everyone the feeling of being welcome and included. Her crowning achievement for the first half of this Rotary year was pulling together her friends to decorate our homegrown pumpkins which raised through auction $1600. Congratulations, Judy!  Judy’s quiet leadership and heavy lifting behind the scenes is invaluable to our members.
Nevada City Celebrates with DG Stacy 2023-12-14 08:00:00Z 0 District 5190
Rotary with NCPD at Victorian Christmas 2023-11-24 08:00:00Z 0 Community

2023 Holiday Celebration

Celebrate a special Holiday Dinner with Rotary family

Join us for a night of fun fellowship and good food, along with a surprise here or there. You won’t want to miss it. As always, feel free to wear your best holiday attire: Most elegant, ugliest, most festive, most (you fill in the blank)… you get the picture.

TJ’s Roadhouse

5:00 Social Hour ~ 6:00 Dinner

And spread the JOY of the Season by gifting a child through the  GV Police Caring and Sharing program. Bring your gifts to the Holiday Party.
Questions? Contact Cathy or Judy!
2023 Holiday Celebration 2023-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Caring and Sharing Holiday Cheer

It's that time of year again! The Caring and Sharing tree is up in the lobby of the Grass Valley Police Department and WAS loaded with tags for holiday gifts to cheer local children! Thanks to all who dropped by to pick up tags with childrens’ gift requests. ALL of the tags have been taken! The tree is now depleted of requests!
Thanks to all who brought gifts for the children to our Holiday Party on December 7 and to Judy Soldavini and George for delivering them to GV PD for us.
Spread the holiday JOY!
Caring and Sharing Holiday Cheer 2023-11-23 08:00:00Z 0 Community,youth

Rotary Area 4 Holiday Blood Drive

Join fellow Rotarians - Give blood, transform lives!
Until December 31...

Click image to request an appointment at a local blood center.
Only a few more days! Celebrate the holiday season through December 31, 2023 in partnership with local Rotarians saving lives! For a personal invitation and instructions …
Rotary Area 4 Holiday Blood Drive 2023-11-22 08:00:00Z 0 Community

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 

Rotary has a long tradition of bell ringing with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign through the holidays each year throughout the US and beyond.
Nevada City Rotary was ringing in front of SPD Nevada City on December 9 and raised $412.93.
Thank you to Walt for coordinating with our teams and the Salvation Army.  Thanks also to Ken Ching, Chris Newsom, Dennis Geare, Judy Soldavini, Cathy Wilcox Barnes, Nancy Kemp, and Walt Stickel, for bell ringing. Kudos to Tom Ryan, Nicole Dillard and Stacy Drake-Robinson for festive support mid-day!  Happy it was a sunny day!
More photos at 2023 Bell Ringing Album!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing  2023-11-21 08:00:00Z 0 Community

Interact Club Forming at SAEL

Nevada City Rotary was proud to present the new Interact Club at Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning (SAEL) with their Club Charter and 18 individual Member certificates. Cathy, Carolyn, Tom Ryan, Dennis, Walt and Robin participated in an all school assembly on Friday, November 17. Rotarians and Faculty Advisor Byron Bird shared with the school who Rotary — and more specifically the SAEL Interact Club — is.
Byron is Science Teacher at SAEL and an Interact alum.
Interact Club Forming at SAEL 2023-11-17 08:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth

Area 4 Celebrates The Rotary Foundation - Nov 19, 2023

Celebrating Rotarians and Clubs

At the Area 4 Foundation Recognition Event, our Club Foundation Chair Lynda Guthrie recognized our most recent Paul Harris Fellow Awardees: Jim Bair (new), Nicole Dillard (+3), Dennis Geare (+4), Tom Milam (+3) and Chris Newsom (+5).
The program showcased selected international projects led by the Rotary Clubs of Nevada City and Grass Valley South. Lynda presented the inspiring story of our Menstrual Hygiene Kit Project. Carolyn presented the successful ongoing evolution of our partnership with Los Barriles Rotary and the East Cape Health Clinic since Spring 2015.
Cathy and Carolyn accepted banners recognizing our Club’s success with Polio Plus and EREY contributions in 2020-21 from DG Anita and 2022-23 from DG Jeff.
Area 4 Celebrates The Rotary Foundation - Nov 19, 2023 2023-11-16 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County

Nevada City Rotary Ramblers

Rotary Ramblers rocked’ on Sugarloaf!
Kelly Babineau, Dave Brown, Robin Milam, Tom Ryan, Dennis Geare, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Chris Newsom, Chris’s sister Gretchen, and Walt Stickel
Nine Rotarians (and family members) braved a cold morning as we hiked to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain on Saturday, November 25th. We had a great hike and were rewarded with awesome views of Nevada City and the Yuba River Canyon, not to mention the fun fellowship. With Cathy at the lead, respits were filled with all sorts of historical tidbits about Sugarloaf, Nevada City, hydraulic mining and more!  Along the way we scouted potential locations for our second Trex bench. After snacks and a few pictures at the top, we were back to our cars before noon. 
Checkout Club Ramblings at Rotary Rambler Photo Album

More on Sugarloaf

Nevada City Rotary Ramblers 2023-11-11 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Ramblers

Giving Tuesday through Rotary

This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all members to make a big impact, with a gift of any size that supports projects you’re passionate about.
Giving Tuesday through Rotary 2023-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

Relaunching Girls Who Code

Nevada City Rotarian Nancy Kemp and Seven Hills Middle School Teacher Leslie May held an orientation for the students and parents of the 2023-24 members of the Girls Who Code Club on October 24, 2023 at Seven Hills.
Twelve girls, grades 6 - 8, are signed up for the club.  They will learn how to code in several computer languages and be inspired by the stories of successful women in the tech industry. They will learn to support each other and work as a team.  
At the orientation the girls were able to register their membership on the national Girls Who Code website, see some of the upcoming programing tasks, play an icebreaker game for team building and get a copy of the schedule. Classes will be on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 at the library at Seven Hills and Nancy is looking for Rotarians to bring snacks each week.  Let Nancy know if you are able to help.  
Big thanks to Nancy Kemp and Leslie May for their hard work and support of this project.
Relaunching Girls Who Code 2023-10-31 07:00:00Z 0 girls who code,youth

Growing Pumpkins for Polio

Pumpkins for Polio Auction & Harvest Market

What a night!  We raised $1,035.00 for the night plus $375.00 from the pumpkin cup over for the past couple of months, then more on World Polio Day and Nancy’s bid gave us a new total of $1,525.00 to date for our Pumpkins for Polio effort. And we keep adding! We are now well over $3,000. Way to go!

Our pumpkins are now harvested and auctioned!

A Big thanks to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and John Drew owner of BakBraken Acres for creating a special partnership so our Club can grow Pumpkins for Polio.
Cathy grew the young pumpkin starts at home this spring. In May, a team of Rotarians and friends (including dogs) joined Cathy digging in the dirt to plant pumpkins at Bak Braken Acres and continued going weekly through the summer and fall to weed and care for our plants.

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and Tom Ryan - Harvest to Auction!

In addition to caring for our pumpkins we harvested garlic, snap peas, tomatoes, peppers, along with the berries. Thanks to John’s generosity we took our harvest home for personal consumption! We harvested the pumpkins in October (about a 90-day growing period) and hosted our Pumpkins for Polio Auction and Harvest Market at our October 19 Social. Our pumpkin harvest was a perfect advance to World Polio Day on October 24!
Continue reading for the full story of our planting, farming struggles, celebrations along the way, and auction and harvest market:
Growing Pumpkins for Polio 2023-10-26 07:00:00Z 0 end polio

Caldor Fire Replanting


The Caldor Fire left a devastating scar on the Sierra forest.  On Saturday, Oct 28, a team of Rotarians from across D5190 partnered with Boys Scouts and Sugar Pine Foundation volunteers to replant trees in the Grizzly Flats area, the epicenter of the Caldor Fire. A big thank you to all who participated in bringing new life to Grizzly Flats. You make hard work look fun being together!
Rotarian crew: PDG Berta Pickett, Bill Boon, RYLA grad Lucas, Cari Geldreich, and PDG Wyn Spiller and Cathy Wilcox-Barnes  — tools and seedlings in hand. Not pictured, Kurt and Polly Raffeto.
Caldor Fire Replanting 2023-10-26 07:00:00Z 0 District 5190,environment

10,000 Meals for Food Bank of Nevada County

Thank you to all who packed meals with Kiwanis and Rotary! Two teams of Nevada City Rotarians pitched in with Kiwanis to package food on Wednesday, October 25th at the Food Bank of Nevada County. Thank you Cathy, Judy, Tom M, Tom R, Pearce, Ken, Tally, Walt, and Chris!
Click the image to view the video and see how many Nevada City Rotarians you can identify!
A special thanks to Jim Bair for coordinating with Kiwanis.
10,000 Meals for Food Bank of Nevada County 2023-10-26 07:00:00Z 0 Community,Food Bank

NEO Youth Center Opening

Bright Futures For Youth ED Jennifer Singer extended a warm thank you to the many supporters at the NEO Youth Center Pre-opening celebration on Thursday October 12, 2023. Jennifer acknowledged Rotarians in the room for our grant to support the Rotary Cafe
A number of Nevada City Rotarians celebrated with NEO.  Jennifer announced that the NEO Youth Center will officially open in November. Learn more about our District Grant at NEO Youth Center Grant and The Union Local Rotary Clubs provide $40,000 for NEO Youth Center.
NEO Youth Center Opening 2023-10-06 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County,youth
Rotary Clubs in Action - 2023 Training Event 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0 District 5190

Special showing - COMMON GROUND

You are invited …


Special Screening and Q&A Discussion October 6, 2023 7:15pm
Del Oro Screenings October 6-12

Synopsis: In addition to warning the next generation, the narrators provide hope for ways to fix broken systems. "As parents of two young children, ‘Common Ground' is not only a love letter to our kids, but all of the co-narrators of the film are also writing the letter to their children," co-director Rebecca Tickell. Sobering yet hopeful, ‘Common Ground' exposes the toxic interconnections of American farming policy, politics, and health, by sharing stories of destruction and regeneration across the United States and beyond, all while exploring how people from different walks of life, different political backgrounds and different places share one thing in common - the very soil beneath their feet.

Aligned with our Environmental Sustainability focus, on Fri. Oct 6, Michael Dimock, Exec. Dir. Roots for Change (and Special Guests!) will lead a Q&A and discussion after the opening night 7:15pm screening at the Del Oro 165 Mill Street Grass Valley.  Michael is widely respected as a leading authority in the Regen Movement.  For Trailer and more about Del Oro screenings, 
Special showing - COMMON GROUND 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0 environment,environment

REGL 2023 Courage

Western Nevada County student on the "Flying Squirrel"
Rotary District 5190 Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership (REGL) training was held over two weekends, September 15-17 and September 22-24 at the Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA.  Western Nevada County was well represented by teams from Chicago Park, Lyman Gilmore, Mt St Mary’s, Ready Springs and Seven Hills.  Students participated in a variety of physical, mental and emotional challenges to get to know each other, support each other, work as a team and make commitments to leadership at their schools and in their communities. 
A highlight of the program was the high ropes course.  Students learned that “courage” is a combination of being brave and being afraid.  Each team was supported by a high school RYLA graduate and an adult mentor.  Students were transformed through the experience.
A big thank you to Louise Johnson, Nevada City Rotary and Melissa Rosprim, Penn Valley volunteer for serving as Adult Mentors.
REGL 2023 Courage 2023-09-26 07:00:00Z 0 youth

Restoration at BYLT Wildflower Ridge

SYRCL Clean Up Day 2023

Members of our Environmental Sustainability Committee spent the morning at BYLT’s Wildflower Ridge Preserve as part of South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) Annual Clean Up Day. Chris, Walt, Jim and Robin joined two crews let by BYLT staff Kate Gazzo and Shaun Clarke. The teams hauled out a managerie of discarded items from the property — filling three pickup loads — as well as pulled piles of invasive Scotch Broom and blackberry vines from along the trails.
And Carolyn and Nancy did their own Rotary cleanup on Nevada City Rotary's Miners Trail on Sunday!
Restoration at BYLT Wildflower Ridge 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0 environment

Rotary Aid to Morocco

Rotary Foundation Trustees establish targeted funds to aid Morocco

The Rotary Foundation Trustees established a Morocco Earthquake Response Fund in September 2023 to support relief efforts for people affected by the devastating earthquakes. Donors can give directly to relief efforts led by Rotary members.

  • To contribute online, use
  • To give by check, make it payable to The Rotary Foundation or to an associate foundation. Include a completed contribution form. For DESIGNATION/PURPOSE, choose Other and write the fund name (Morocco Earthquake Response Fund.)
Rotary Aid to Morocco 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

2025 Rotary River Cruise

An Invitation - Rotary Friends

Come travel with us on the ELEGANT ELBE (Prague to Berlin) 
NOVEMBER 11-20, 2025 - During the European Christmas Markets!
The trip is 10 days – 4 days of hotel stays, 6 days cruising on the Elbe River on a Viking riverboat (longship) that has a capacity of only 98 passengers!

This will be the second group cruise for many District 5190 Rotarians.  We had such a great time; we’re doing it again!  We’d like to fill the ship with Rotarians and their friends!
Come join us!
530-272-6036 home; 530-913-6036 

PDG Anita Daniels

Cruisez accommodations and other options: 

2025 Rotary River Cruise 2023-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Nevada City Club of the Year 2022-2023 2023-09-01 07:00:00Z 0 District 5190,Nevada City Rotary

Pumpkin Patch Polio Pond Party

You have heard about our Pumpkins for Polio Project for several months now. Are you curious to see how your apprentice farmer Rotarians are doing, or what we are doing every Tuesday morning? Well, wonder no longer. We are hosting an Open Pumpkin Patch/Pond Party this coming Tuesday morning (September 12th) at BakBraken Acres (the location of the Pumpkin Patch). We will work our regular morning in the field starting at 7:30am and then, around 9:30 a.m. or so, we will adjourn to the beautiful pond area to enjoy light brunch snacks and good conversation in a peaceful setting. Join us for work or just for snacks and play!
Menu includes fresh raspberry and blackberry scones with berry sauces and crème fraîche, watermelon slices, cheese squares and fresh hummus with veggies.
We will provide food but bring your own beverage of choice. If you would like to attend, please reply to let Cathy or Robin know so we can plan enough food. Also, if you need more information, please contact one of us. We look forward to hosting you in a beautiful setting and, hopefully, inspiring a few new farmer apprentices for next year.
More on the project at Pumpkins For Polio.
For directions,
Pumpkin Patch Polio Pond Party 2023-08-31 07:00:00Z 0 end polio

Rotary Night at Freshman NU Football

ALERT Thursday Night Lights - August 31 CANCELLED 
YES you read that right!!
The Freshman Football Game at NU on August 31 was cancelled by the opponent (Rio Linda) because they double scheduled themselves for that night.
Good News is we win - they lose.  It's a forfeit.  Bad news is it takes out our planned Rotary Social.
Western Nevada County Rotarians send congratulation to our Nevada Union Miners Freshman Football Team
Nevada City Rotary, this is our 5th Thursday so we will be dark, aka no meeting!
Louise, thank you for your commitment to our youth and for your moving stories of On Any Given Day last week — 
Rotary Night at Freshman NU Football 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary Lunch Policy

Lunch Policy – Adopted by the Board Aug. 14, 2023

  • All in attendance pay $25 for lunch or $10 if not eating.
  • Prospective members are guests for up to 2 noon meetings plus their induction.
  • Prospective members are encouraged to attend 2 noon meetings and 1 social no-host meeting.
  • Sponsors are responsible to make reservations for prospective members.
  • Sponsor is responsible to make reservations for family and guests attending induction at a noon meeting. These are paying guests, but the sponsor may choose to host them.
  • Meal tickets will be required for all attendees: 3 meal choices, not eating, and 1 choice for visiting Rotarians and guests who have not made a reservation (no ordering from the menu).
  • Treasurer should be in the same location near the main entrance each meeting. Greeter will explain procedure to guests and direct them to the treasurer. 
  • The treasurer will mark a membership roster for all attendees, adding names of visiting Rotarians and guests, collect payments and issue meal tickets, one person at a time.
  • The use of prepayment option will be encouraged. A $1/meal fee with be paid for credit card payments.
  • Invoices will be emailed/sent to those who do not pay in advance or who have forgotten cash or check in the amount of $27.50 per meal.
Nevada City Rotary Lunch Policy 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Create Hope for Maui

As you have seen on the news, the situation in Maui is catastrophic - so much devastating, heartbreaking loss, something many in our District, tragically, have experienced firsthand.  We know how much each and every gift will help. 
To donate through Rotary District 5000 visit:
Create Hope for Maui 2023-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian At Work T-shirts

Did you get your Rotarian at Work Shirt when you joined our Club? If not, and you didn’t sign up for one at the last meeting, email Cathy your size/style. A gift from our club to you. 
If you have a shirt and it’s getting worn out or you would like another one, let Cathy know, and she’ll order you another one (you pay for this one).  Orders close August 31!
Unisex Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL 
Styles:           (SS) Short Sleve (LS) Long Sleeve
Rotarian At Work T-shirts 2023-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the SF Giants

In ORACLE PARK - September 8th @ 7:15 PM
Far West Rotarians are competing against Minneapolis to hold the 2029 Rotary International Convention in San Francisco, and the site selection committee will be at this event to see how ENERGIZED, COMMITTED and FUN  we Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors are!
Tickets are $35. Buy tickets through District 5150’s website: Rotary at the Giants Game 
Rotary Night at the SF Giants 2023-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Colors Galore at National Night Out

Our local law enforcement agencies know how to throw a fabulous community party!  Rotarian and NCPD Chief Dan Foss and Nevada City Police Department (NCPD) fired up their awesome new grill and recruited Nevada City Rotarians to assist with cooking and distributing all sorts of goodies to kids and friends. Cathy had baked and baked cookies that were served up along with over 500 hot dogs provided by Nevada City Police! Plus NCPD’s cardboard police cars and mini handcuffs were big hitters as was Nevada City’s newest officer K-9 Ruby, a young bloodhound.
Crowds of locals joined in the merriment that came to a climax with the Kids Color Fun Run! Cathy and Robin joined in the fun run of the Colors on behalf of Nevada City Police and Nevada City Rotary. Kids of all ages ran the course throughout Memorial Park while officers and community partners shot out canisters and threw buckets of brightly color chalk on anyone around! Then a waterhose from a fire truck doused the runners! 
Nevada City Rotary is proud to partner with Nevada City Police Department (NCPD). Check out the fun photos at National Night Out!
Colors Galore at National Night Out 2023-08-02 07:00:00Z 0 Community,youth

Rafting for Polio 2023

Rotary Rafters Eliminating Polio Raft Trip
Saturday August 26th 2023

    North Fork of the American River (Class 3)
$130/person includes $50 to Rotary Polio Plus
LAST CALL: Prepayment due by August 7th via check, cash, or VENMO (@Bob-Santin).
Don’t miss out on the 2023’s epic snowpack runoff season. Again, this year after a COVID hiatus, the Rotary rafting trip is with the commercial rafting company H2O Rafting Guides.  Tyler Soule is the owner operator and our host. Being “Born” into a rafting family, Tyler has been rafting all his life and is one of the most recognized “Big Water” Class 5 guides in the industry. All his guides share his rafting passion and are extremely competent and a joy to be with too. 
Rafting for Polio 2023 2023-07-17 07:00:00Z 0 end polio

John Hensley Celebrating 50 Years

Talk about Vocational Service! John Hensley is celebrating 50 Golden Years with Nevada County Properties | Recreation Realty, Inc.
BBQ and LIVE Local Music
The Wheelhouse, Hwy 20 Outdoor Patio Party
July 22, 2023
Doors Open at 2 pm | Live Music 3-9 pm
John Hensley Celebrating 50 Years 2023-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Work Day at Nevada County Fairgrounds

All Hands On Deck for an Area 4 Rotary Work Day at the Nevada County Fair. The Fair has asked Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County to help sand and re-stain 50 picnic tables so that fair goers can have a have a nice place to sit during the fair!

If you’re interested, please send an email to Bring a handsander if you have one!
Rotary Work Day at Nevada County Fairgrounds 2023-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Patio Patter 2023

Nevada City Rotary’s 5th question of the 4-Way Test: “Is it Fun?”

Our first ever Patio Patter co-hosted by our Club Services and Membership Committees was fun and informative for all!  A great way to welcome and engage our new members more fully! A big thank you to Giudita and George for opening their beautiful home and bountiful garden and to Cathy and Giudita for the scrumputous treats.  Each of our committee chairs presented highlights and invitations to actively participate.  
This year’s Committee Chairs and contacts are listed on Club Officers page.  Click Patio Patter for more photos from the day.
Patio Patter 2023 2023-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

NEO Youth Center Pergola

At Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

Nevada City Rotary is proud to support the NEO Youth Center being built in the Litton Building. Participating in the Area 4 District Grant, Club members were eager to participate in hands-on projects related to the new center. BFFY asked if we would construct the heavy cedar pergola planned for the outdoor patio area. So a team of Nevada City Rotarians jumped in. A special thank you to Tom R, Tom M, and Cathy for laboring in the heat to complete the construction and spreading of decomposed granite!
NEO Youth Center Pergola 2023-06-28 07:00:00Z 0 District 5190,youth

NCRotary Patio Patter

Saturday July 8 11am-1pm

As we launch our new Rotary year, Club members - especially our newer members - are invited to a gathering of friendship and discovery.
Club Service Chairs will be on hand to discuss their committee activities. You will be able to interact with them, have your questions answered, and join committees of your choices and interests!
When: Saturday July 8
11am - 1pm
Where: Soldavini Home
11786 Tree Top Circle
Nevada City (Banner Mtn)
Refreshments will be served.
NCRotary Patio Patter 2023-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

2023 Backpacks for Children

Tally and First US Credit Union served as a collection point for all the backpacks and donations our Club made to BFFY and Nevada County Department of Child Support Services.  Backpacks were distributed to over 200 students before school started! 
2023 Backpacks for Children 2023-06-20 07:00:00Z 0 Community,youth

Annual Demotion Party June 22 2023

Nevada City Rotary celebrated Fiesta Style

Our congratulations and gratitude to Co-Presidents Chris and Carolyn for a successful Rotary year!  To celebrate our 2022-2023 Rotary Year and demote Las Presidentas Chris and Carolyn Nevada City Rotarians and guests gathered for a fiesta at Horsemen’s Lodge on Thursday June 22. Special thanks to Cathy and Judy for the fabulous taco bar spread all sorts of fixings and to PDG Dave, Past President Tom and Gayle for organizing the celebration and recognition of Chris and Carolyn.  
Their presentation of gifts included their Past President pins — yes, with 8 days remaining in their term!
Read more to enjoy videos of the pinata and photos from the evening! 
Annual Demotion Party June 22 2023 2023-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating our Club Members June 2023

Area 4 Foundation Dinner Recognition

At our Area 4 Foundation Dinner, we celebrated Cathy as our newest Triple Crown Major Donor, Dennis as Major Donor, and fellow members for additional Paul Harris Fellow achievements.

Nevada County Community Leadership Institute Graduates

Chief Dan Foss graduated Nevada County Community Leadership Institute (NCCLI) with other local Rotarians on Friday June 16, 2023. Nevada City Rotary graduates Alison Lehman and Robin Milam, both alumni of the 2001/2002 program were on hand at the NCCLI Graduation ceremony Friday at Gold Miners Inn to celebrate with Dan and the class of 2022/2023. Pictured with Dan are 2023 graduates from other Area 4 Rotary Clubs.
Celebrating our Club Members June 2023 2023-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Tally Gould

Nevada City Rotary was pleased to induct Tally Gould as our newest member.  A native of Western Nevada County, Tally is Branch Manager for First US Community Credit Union in Grass Valley.  Tally is shown with her sponsor Pearce Boyer, Co-President Carolyn, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes who inducted her, and her husband Colton. 
Our Club members — especially Tally — were honored to have First US Community Credit Union CEO and fellow Rotarian, Shonna Shearson and Regional Vice President Patricia Shepherd celebrating Tally’s induction with us. 
Welcome Tally Gould 2023-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Mai Lee

Welcome Mai Lee as our newest member.  Dennis Geare inducted Mai with her sponsor Mary Ann Davis from 49er Breakfast Rotary.  Mary Ann proposed Mai join our Club after meeting through their work together at Hospice of the Foothills where Mai is Director of Marketing and Fundraising. 
Welcome Mai Lee 2023-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

First Menstrual Kits have shipped

Lynda Guthrie proudly announced that the first 50 menstrual hygiene kits shipped in early June.  The kits were headed to Chiapas Mexico where they will be distributed to young girls and women in the region.  
The objective of this project is to make it possible for young girls to stay in school, avoid pregnancy, and gain greater potential for economic gain through menstrual health and sexual education training provided with the menstrual hygiene kits. 
Congratulations to our joint Nevada City and 49er Rotary project team. We have completed terms of the Grant and submitted the Grant report to District. To review the report summary and photos ...
First Menstrual Kits have shipped 2023-05-25 07:00:00Z 0 Chiapas,menstrual hygiene

Sierra Harvest - It Tastes Like Pickles

Aimee Retzler, Executive Director delighted us with stories of the various ways Sierra Harvest is promoting healthy food programs in our local schools and transforming children's relationship to fresh produce and other foods. Join BriarPatch Food Co-op & Sierra Harvest on a video visit to a classroom at Cottage Hill School where third grade students taste Local Culture sauerkraut for the first time.

Sierra Harvest - It Tastes Like Pickles 2023-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Trex bench on Noel Carter Loop

This week Nevada City Rotary and Bear Yuba Land Trust partnered to place our Trex bench at a scenic overlook along the Noel Carter Loop of the Orene Wetherall Trail. The trail is in the Land Trust’s Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain. Access to the trail and preserve is off the Cascade Canal near the Gracie Road parking lot. Chris Newsom and Shaun Clarke, Public Recreation Stewardship Manager for BYLT are both enjoying a scenic sojourn after installing the bench.
Nevada City Rotary took the lead in starting our stretchable plastics recycling program over a year and a half ago.  With our first 500 lbs of plastics collected and given to Trex Company, Inc. through their NexTrex Recycling program, we earned a Trex bench.  
Trex bench on Noel Carter Loop 2023-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

2023-24 Club Leadership Learning

Join us for a morning of leadership and expanding Club impact training as we look to our upcoming 2023-2024 Rotary year with DGE Stacy Graham.  Pick your own location on Zoom. 
Saturday May 20 from 9:00am - 12:00 noon

Join us for a morning of leadership and expanding Club impact training as we look to our upcoming 2023-2024 Rotary year with DGE Stacy Graham.  Pick your location on Zoom. Click to REGISTER now.

2023-24 Club Leadership Learning 2023-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Making Plans for 2023-24

Your 2023-24 Board met on a recent Saturday morning to make plans for the next Rotary year. Hosted at Doug and Karen McDonald's home in Lake Wildwood, 12 Nevada City Rotarians met to review service projects, activities and goals for next year (and have lunch!). Co-presidents Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Karen McDonald and Doug McDonald led the discussion, and all the Directors had a chance to review their goals and plan the budget.
Thanks to Club Service Director Judy Soldavani, Public Image Director Walt Stickel, Vocations Director Nicole Dillard, Youth Services Director Louise Johnson, The Rotary Foundation Director Lynda Guthrie, Environmental Sustainability Director Chris Newsom, and Treasurer Tom Ryan for their participation. Not able to attend were Community Service Director Dan Foss, Membership Director Dennis Geare, International Service Chair Carolyn Feuille and Secretary Robin Milam.
We are looking forward to a great year of service in wide-ranging areas of interest to our club members!
Making Plans for 2023-24 PDG Doug McDonald 2023-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Judge Kelly Babineau 2023-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting at Mt St Mary’s Academy

This week our Club Social moves to Mount Saint Mary’s Academy for a tour hosted by our Co-PE and teacher extradinaire Karen McDonald and REGL students.  We will meet on the front steps of Mt Saint Mary’s at 5:30pm … Please be prompt so we can start our tour together!
Mt Saint Mary’s is at 400 Church Street, across from St Patrick Catholic Church in Grass Valley. They share the parking lot with St Joseph’s Cultural Center at the end of Church Street. 
Club Meeting at Mt St Mary’s Academy 2023-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Baraka Anderson, Area 4 places 3rd at Conference

Baraka Anderson, a 10th grader at Sierra Academy (SAEL) represented Area 4 at the District 5190 Music Contest at Conference on April 29.  A very talented pianist, Baraka placed third in the District competion.  He played Shumann’s quite difficult piece “Fantasiestucke.”  Winners shown left to right include first place winner ($1,000 prize) who is an accomplished violinist, second place ($500) also a pianist, and Baraka who won a $300 prize.
Baraka’s video entry to the Area 4 Young Musician’s Competition hosted by Music in the Mountains and Rotary can be viewed at the Baraka Anderson performance. 
Baraka’s mother Juliet, expressed her appreciation for his experience at the District Music Contest through Gayle Denney. “It was gorgeous day! Thank you so much! What a great experience for Baraka! So much appreciation to the Rotary club!
Baraka Anderson, Area 4 places 3rd at Conference 2023-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Community Awards 

The 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City will be hosting the Rotary District 5190 Area 4 Annual Community Awards.  The event postponed due to snow has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-7:00PM at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Cost is $25/person payable through our Club. Please RSVP for Community Awards by Thursday, May 4.
Key selection criteria include that these Nevada County businesses, individuals, and volunteers exemplify the 4-Way Test, Service Above Self, and Personal/Business Ethics.
Lynn Skrukrud is serving as Nevada City Rotary’s Award Committee member to participate in the selection of awardees. For more details on awards…
Area 4 Community Awards 2023-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Foundation Dinner June 12, 2023

Join us for our Area 4 Foundation Dinner as we recognize our newest Paul Harris Fellow achievements and Global Scholar Wrenn Cleary on Monday June 12th at the Wild Eye Pub in Grass Valley. The event is free to attend and attendees can order directly off the Wild Eye Pub regular menu and pay the restaurant directly. Reservations are now closed.
For flyer and more details, continue to ...
Area 4 Foundation Dinner June 12, 2023 2023-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary's On the Move

As of April 13, we are moving to TJ’s Roadhouse of Nevada City at the Creekside for 2nd and 4th Thursday 12:15pm lunch meetings.
As we transition to TJ’s Roadhouse for our noon meetings, some things will naturally change.
Each meeting, TJ’s will be giving us 3 menu items from which to choose. We’ll be publishing those choices in the Rotario and asking that each member and guest choose one item when they RSVP, using a similar method to the way we have been responding for our meetings at Bistro 221.
Each person attending will need to RSVP through our website by noon Wednesday the previous day, so that we can give TJ’s our total order the afternoon before our meeting.
The menu will include burgers, hot dogs, BLTs, beef dip, pulled pork, grilled cheese and other sandwiches, salads, etc. At least one vegetarian item will be available each week. Coffee and cold drinks will be included. Those who don’t order a meal will not count in the club 15-person minimum.
The cost for the meal will be $25 per person including tax and gratuity, payable to our treasurer at the meeting.
TJ’s doesn’t charge for the use of the room. Let’s be flexible and enjoy our new surroundings.
Nevada City Rotary's On the Move 2023-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Enriching our Rotary Experience in Los Barriles

Nevada City Rotary has been partnering with the Rotary Club of Los Barriles Cabo Este on special projects communities around Los Barriles since April 2015, with the exception of 2021-2022 because of COVID.  Fond memories run deep. This story shares reflections from several members of the 2023 team. 
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
I always look forward to seeing everyone in Los Barriles again and catching up on how they are and what they’ve been doing, but this year it was even better since we missed a couple of years because of Covid. It was touching and enlightening to hear how it affected people in different ways. The Rotary Club in Los Barriles is comprised of Americans, Canadians, and local Mexicans, and each was impacted differently. The camaraderie as Rotarians that we have developed over the years is something we will always treasure.
Checkout photos at Los Barriles Project 2023 then click  Start Slideshow .
Continue to Read More from Cathy, Co-President Carolyn and others who shared the journey.
Enriching our Rotary Experience in Los Barriles 2023-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling April 15 2023

Take Charge! Recycle Lithium-Ion Batteries Responsibly.

Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County and Redwood Materials are co-hosting our second community Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling collection in the parking lot of the Nevada County Rood Center from 10:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday April 15, 2023.
The public can drop off Lithium-ion rechargeable devices and batteries for recycling by Redwood Materials, a company that recycles the minerals and uses them to make new rechargeable batteries. Eligible items include cellphones, tablets, laptops, electric toothbrushes, e-shavers, vapes, wireless headphones, Bluetooth speakers, power tool batteries, video game controllers, etc.
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling April 15 2023 2023-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Return to Los Barriles for Health Screening

Our team is back from Los Barriles for our club’s 7th International project with the Rotary Club of Los Barriles, Cabo del Este.  A cadre of Rotarians - including 49er, family, and friends participated this year.

Our return to Los Barriles for our health screenings of school kids was a real delight. The main focus of our trip this year after three years of absence -- thanks to Covid -- was an all-out intensive: screening over 350 school kids in two days. Nevada City Rotary delivered several hundred sets of eyeglasses which were distributed during the clinics.
Return to Los Barriles for Health Screening 2023-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

District 5190 Ukraine Mobile Clinic Global Grant

Nevada City Rotary has pledged $1,000 toward a District Global Grant to fund the cost of providing MOBILE CLINICS to Ukraine.
Each Clinic will cost $42,500. The unit cost covers the initial stocking and training of staff. After that the Mobile Clinic is owned by the regional hospital and it’s the Ukrainian hospital’s responsibility to maintain and resupply the unit.
District 5190 Ukraine Mobile Clinic Global Grant 2023-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Foundation Dinner with RID Vicki Puliz


While we look forward to an inspiring keynote with Rotary International Director Vicki Puliz, due to unpredictable weather this week, our Area 4 Foundation Dinner has been postponed. We will update everyone as soon as the new date is confirmed. 
A long-time Rotary member from the Rotary Club of Sparks and our own District 5190, Vicki is a vibrant energizer and engaging speaker. Our Foundation Dinner will be a special time to welcome RID Vicki to our Area and celebrate our contributions to The Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellow achievements.
Area 4 Foundation Dinner with RID Vicki Puliz 2023-02-24 08:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Vicki Puliz

Young Musicians Competition and Concerts 2023

PLEASE NOTE - Due to snow, Sunday's Young Musicians Concert has been canceled.

Baraka Anderson, a 10th grader at Sierra Academy (SAEL) is the Rotary winner of the $200 first prize. For his video entry, he played Shumann’s quite difficult piece “Fantasiestucke.” 
For this virtual contest conducted jointly by Area 4 Rotary and Music in the Mountains, all entries were judged by professional musicians, and a critique of each performance has been sent to all who competed.
A live Showcase Concert had been planned—the first post pandemic—but had to be cancelled twice because of our epic snowstorm and further weather concerns. And also because the young musician winners were not all available for later dates.
Baraka will compete at the D5190 music competition April 29 at Harrah’s in Stateline, Nevada. You can watch his video entry at the Baraka Anderson performance. 

A big thank you to Gayle Denney who is our Club and Area Rotary representative coordinating with Music in the Mountains.
Young Musicians Competition and Concerts 2023 2023-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

NEO Youth Center Invitation

You are invited to learn more about Bright Futures For Youth (BFFY)’s life-changing program and the future of the NEO Youth Center and how it will help youth: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2-3:30pm
200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley
Note the cafe area we are funding with other local clubs and a Rotary D5190 grant.
Please RSVP to Sienna Crawford,    
Learn more at NEO Youth Center.
NEO Youth Center Invitation 2023-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

BFFY - Thank you Rotary

Sometimes words are not enough ...

Sometimes words are not enough, and that's how we feel about the donation from the Rotary Clubs in Nevada County that came together and donated $40,000 to the new NEO Youth Center under construction at Bright Futures for Youth on Litton Hill. The donation will specifically support the NEO Cafe portion of the NEO Youth Center (food is arguably the best way to connect with children and young adults). 
So much appreciation to the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, Rotary Club of Grass Valley South, Rotary Club of Nevada City and 49er Breakfast Rotary Club for coming together to change so many lives. If you know a Rotary member, please give them a hug and thank them for their commitment to the community and supporting our efforts.
From Jennifer Litton, Executive Director and the BFFY (including NEO) team
Click to read the BFFY Thank You Newsletter.
BFFY - Thank you Rotary 2023-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
D5190 Gathering of the Clans Conference 2023-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary presents $40,000 to NEO Youth Center

Four local Rotary Clubs are proud to partner with Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY) to build what will be called the Rotary Café in the new NEO Youth Center. The Grass Valley, 49er Breakfast, Grass Valley South, and Nevada City Rotary Clubs each contributed $2,500.  District 5190 matched the $10,000 Club balance with a $12,500 grant plus almost $2,500 in District Bonus Dollar contributions for a total grant of $25,000 (with some rounding). 
In addition to the District Grant, Grass Valley Rotary contributed $15,000 in honor of late Club member Mike Johnson.  The Clubs presented a check representing the $40,000 donation to Executive Director Jennifer Singer and NEO Program Director Halli Ellis-Edwards at Grass Valley Rotary's regular meeting on Monday January 23, 2023. 
Read BFFY’s Thank You Rotary
Rotary presents $40,000 to NEO Youth Center 2023-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Annette's "Gone Fishing Party" 2023-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Project Drawdown Focus

Throughout the 2022-2023 Rotary year, Nevada City Rotary has been enjoying a monthly viewing of the Project Drawdown Climate Change 101 series. Project Drawdown states:
Climate Solutions 101 is the world’s first major educational effort focused solely on solutions. Rather than rehashing well-known climate challenges, Project Drawdown centers game-changing climate action based on its own rigorous scientific research and analysis. This course, presented in video units and in-depth conversations, combines Project Drawdown’s trusted resources with the expertise of several inspiring voices from around the world. Climate solutions become attainable with increased access to free, science-based educational resources, elevated public discourse, and tangible examples of real-world action. Continue your climate solutions journey, today.
For information on the individual videos in the six-part series as well as related diagrams Chris has been sharing, click the read more button. 
Project Drawdown Focus 2023-01-12 08:00:00Z 0 environment

Robotics and more with ACME Robotics Inc

Photo credit: 2023 ACME Robotics Inc.

Always a fun evening when the ACME Robotics Inc team comes to wow our club with their knowledge, creativity, and mastery of robotics. The team showed off this year's robot and talked about the many facets of designing, building and maintaining a fully functional competitive robot.  Creativity abounds as they describe designing and creating critical parts via a 3D printer.

Nevada County's premier award-winning high school robotics team has been successfully competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge since 2014.  Nevada City Rotary is proud to be an ongoing sponsor of the ACME Robotics team.

Robotics and more with ACME Robotics Inc 2023-01-07 08:00:00Z 0 youth

2023-2024 Board Elected

Our Nevada City Rotary Nominating Committee proposed a slate of Presidents-Elect, Officers, and Directors for 2023-2024. The incoming Board of Directors was approved by a unanimous vote of all members present at our regular Club Social Meeting on January 5, 2023.  
A big thank you and congratulations to our new Board of Directors who will assume office on July 1, 2023.
Officers(Executive Committee)
Karen McDonald (Administrative)     July - October
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes                          November - February
Doug McDonald                                  March - June
President-Elect  Doug McDonald
SecretaryRobin Milam
TreasurerTom Ryan
Carolyn Feuille
Chris Newsom
Club Service  Giudita (Judy) Soldavini
Community Service Dan Foss
Environmental SustainabilityChris Newsom
International Service  Carolyn Feuille
MembershipDennis Geare
Public Image Walt Stickel
Rotary FoundationLynda Guthrie
Vocational Service  Nicole Dillard
Youth Service  Louise Johnson
Nancy Kemp will continue with Programs and Ken Ching will service as Sergeant At Arms.
And a special thank you to our Nominating Committee: Doug McDonald, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Dennis Geare, Carolyn Feuille and Chris Newsom.
2023-2024 Board Elected 2023-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Aunt Ida drops in on Holiday Party

Good morning.

Hope this message finds you well recovered from last night's partying! Aunt Ida asked me to send along a little message from her. She said she hitched a ride over to Colfax and is on her way to Elko to bring some Rotary Christmas cheer, but she wanted us to know she really appreciated the invitation and the warm welcome and festivities last night.
She asked me to give a shout out to some key members of our Club and also wanted to tell us our club is a great example of what a Rotary family looks like: people from all walks of life, coming together as friends to have fun and celebrate Rotary and what Rotary can do around the world. She said, "after all, I am RI's World Goodwill Ambassador, so I should know!"  
Aunt Ida drops in on Holiday Party 2022-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Loves to Party

Rotarians and Guests ~ THIS WEEK!!!

Please Join us for a Holiday Potluck where we will share Festive Food and Good Cheer!

Wear your Holiday finest (elegant, ugly, funny, whatever) and bring a LOW COST ($5 max) gift to share!

Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. ~ At The Wheelhouse (Five-Mile House)

Cost:  $10.00 per person and No Host Cash Bar
Please NO BYOB!

A big thanks to Cathy and Judy ~  They know how to throw a fun and festive party!  Come prepared to celebrate! 
If you have not done so, please RSVP to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes at or (530) 265-2155 to sign up for the Potluck.  Check out the smorgasbord for Nevada City Rotary's Most Delicious Potluck Dinner! To see who is bringing what dish,
Nevada City Loves to Party 2022-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Hear them ring!

Nevada City Rotary has a long tradition of serving as Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army.  It is a tradition shared by Rotarians throughout our community and across the United States during the holiday season.  Our Club's favorite spot is in front of SPD Nevada City.  Temperatures dropped to make for a cold but dry day on Tuesday December 13 for our teams of bell ringers. 
A big thank you to Walt Stickel for coordinating with the Salvation Army and organizing our crews!  Thanks to Gayle, Walt, Tom, Susy, Doug, Dennis, Nancy and Cathy for your good cheer ringing to collect monies on behalf of the Salvation Army and our community.
Hear them ring! 2022-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

BFFYouth Rocking Stockings Project


A big thank you to our volunteers who will fill stockings with gifts on December 7 or transport 250 stockings from the Cinderella Project to Bright Futures on December 8 for distribution.  Enjoy the gratitude expressed by Bright Futures for Youth:
I am sending a heartfelt “Thank you” to you and your members for supporting our Rocking Stocking project this year. Your efforts to stuff the stockings and help with transport made it possible to put smiles on many, many children this Christmas. We look forward to working with you in 2023!
Cindy Hintz
Community Engagement Manager
Arranger ~ Developer ~ Maximizer ~ Responsibility ~ Strategic
200 Litton Drive, Suite 308
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: (530) 265-4311
For more details and ways for you to support this project, contact Co-Pres Carolyn or click
BFFYouth Rocking Stockings Project 2022-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Menstrual Kits for Chiapas MX


The Rotary Clubs of Nevada City and the Rotary Club of Nevada City 49er Breakfast are sponsoring a Sewing Circle comprised of local Rotary women and their friends to create Menstrual Hygiene Kits to be delivered to girls & women in Chiapas, Mexico.   
The first “working” meeting of the Menstrual Hygiene Kit (MHK) Sewing Circle will meet on Wednesday, December 14 from 10am-12 noon at Wolf Creek Lodge to help us learn to use a Serger (Overlock) sewing machine. 
For further information, please contact Lynda Guthrie, Nevada City Rotarian, at 707-236-0220 or by email at
Menstrual Kits for Chiapas MX 2022-11-26 08:00:00Z 0 Chiapas,menstrual hygiene

Rotary Clubs come together for Afghan allies

When the Afghanistan government collapsed in August 2021, thousands of Afghan individuals and families went into hiding. Many of the individuals had been collaborating with the US and other nations in the building of a more stable regime, and were consequently facing retribution from the Taliban.

In 2022, two organizations, EVAC and Operation Snow Leopard (OSL), formed to help these people, and a local individual with ties to both approached the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South for help with funding and coordination of resources. All Rotary clubs in Western Nevada County (Rotary Club of Grass Valley South, Rotary Club of Grass Valley, Nevada City 49er Rotary Club, Nevada City Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Penn Valley), and two more in District 5190 (Rotary Club of Reno and Rotary Club of Truckee), collaborated on a grant to support the efforts of these organizations. Two significant individual donations from community members also empowered this work.

Thanks to this generosity of our greater community, over 150 at-risk Afghan allies benefited from a wide range of support, including food, shelter, internet services, medical resources, and assistance in the procurement of passport and immigration documents.

Rotary Clubs come together for Afghan allies 2022-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Tallying Hungry Games II

Delicious Second Helpings!

Numbers are still being crunched so we don't have a final bottom line yet, but we do know, people were having a great time meeting and greeting; the chef tastings by The Ham Stand were scrumptious and creative; our restaurant raffle excelled; Pacific Auction Company brought a variety of art, jewelry, historical and sports memorabilia, travel experiences and more for the auctions; and Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center was a perfect venue for Hungry Games II.
Our Fund A Need campaign to support our broad range of Youth Projects stands at $7,750 and it is still open to anyone who wants to contribute.  Just raise your hand on Thursday or send a message to Co-Presidents Chris and Carolyn or treasurer Tom Ryan.  We would love to get to an even $8,000 or more!  Many, many thanks to the generosity of those who have donated.  Our Fund A Need donations ranged from $2,500 by Chris and Carolyn to $100 by a number of participants, including several $1,000 and $500 donations.
What a treat to have members of our new Interact Club helping setup, direct traffic, tear down and generally anything they were asked to do and to have a NEO student and a former RYLA student sharing their experiences.  A great reminder about why we put so much time and energy into Hungry Games II!

And the winners are:
Tallying Hungry Games II 2022-11-14 08:00:00Z 0 Hungry Games

Hungry Games II

YES IT IS TIME for second helpings!
Bring your friends and join us next Sunday November 13, 4-8pm ...

A fun-filled evening with friends tasting, toasting, bidding on exclusive auction items, and trying your luck at a 1-in-100 odds-friendly chance to win a $1,200 package of certificates from 12 favorite local restaurants.  All proceeds will support youth and community projects sponsored by Nevada City Rotary.
This year's Raffle Restaurants include:

Cirinos at Main Street ~ Alloro Cucina Italiana ~ Bistro 221 ~ Sopa Thai Cuisine ~ Tofanelli's Gold Country Bistro ~ Twelve 28 Kitchen ~ Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. ~ Golden Gate Saloon at the Holbrooke ~ Alexander’s Station Steakhouse ~ Casa Las Katerinas ~ Lola’s at The National ~ Sushi Q

Contact a Nevada City Rotarian to purchase raffle and/or event tickets: 
  • Raffle tickets for our Winner Take All $1,200 restaurant package are $100 and include entry for 1 person. 
  • Event tickets are $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Event tickets are also sold at Harmony Books in Nevada City and Bookseller in Grass Valley.
Rotarians needing tickets to sell, contact Gayle Denney at
Club members who have not signed up for a role putting on our scrumptious Hungry Games II event, we need your support!  Please contact Carolyn at
Have we tickled your taste buds?  Get your tickets today!
Hungry Games II 2022-10-30 07:00:00Z 0 Hungry Games,Nevada City Rotary

Post Trauma Healing

On Thursday Oct 27, Club members were moved by Michael Stone's insights on the impact of personal and societal trauma on each of us. Michael addresses trauma with empathy from his own personal experience and his years coaching individuals and in group settings. Pointing out that trauma is not the event but the way our minds and bodies react to traumatic events, Michael shared ways to handle and continually heal from the trauma we harbor in our bodies.
Click the image for a full size Trauma Awareness, Integration & Post Traumatic Healing flyer.
Michael is also offering a live six month Trauma-Informed Integration and healing workshop starting November 7, 2022.
Post Trauma Healing 2022-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Supporting The Rotary Foundation 2022-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Club Board Approves Updated Club Bylaws

Club Approved Revised Club Bylaws

At our October Board meeting, our Club Board approved the updated Bylaws and Club Constitution as submitted and recommended approval by the Club at large. 
On Thursday October 20, Club members approved the revised Bylaws at our regular Social meeting.  If you have questions or recommendations, please contact Robin via reply to the Rotario email. 
Click to view our revised Club Bylaws and Nevada City Rotary Club Constitution.
Club Board Approves Updated Club Bylaws 2022-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Nicole McNeely Awarded for Vocational Service

Nevada City Rotary was proud to recognize Nicole McNeely with its 2022-23 Community Vocational Service Award.
The plaque, presented by Gayle Denney, states that the award was presented to Nicole McNeely in honor of and with sincere appreciation for your strong leadership of The Nevada County Food Bank exemplifying the ideals and aspirations of Rotary’s 4-Way Test of the things we think, say, and do.
As Executive Director, Nicole has led the Food Bank through significant growth and strategically addressing critical community needs through the COVID pandemic. In July, the Food Bank of Nevada County received its largest funding grant ever, a one-million dollar award from the California Department of Social Services. The grant will help expand its capacity to feed community members faced with food insecurity.  The expansion includes purchasing a new warehouse unit next to their existing location along with food handling equipment and a commercial baler to compress recyclable materials.
Read Food Bank of Nevada County Director in TheUnion by Elias Funes
Nicole McNeely Awarded for Vocational Service 2022-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Socials Moving to Round Table Pizza

This Thursday October 20, Nevada City Rotary is moving its 1st and 3rd Thursday social gatherings to Round Table Pizza at 686 Sutton Way, near Staples in the Brunswick basin.
The site has a number of advantages: the staff will reserve the meeting room in the back for our club only, without conditions, on those two days of the month; we can use the room for free; the room is quite spacious, has plenty of tables and chairs, and there is plenty of parking outdoors. You can purchase your choice of beverages (wine, beer, & sodas) and food (pizza, appetizers, & generous salad bar.)  
We encourage you to arrive 10 -15 minutes early if you plan to order pizza or other foods!
Oct. 20 - First visit at Round Table Pizza
Oct. 27- Return for lunch at Bistro 211 (Please RSVP)
Join us each Thursday for fun gatherings and informative meetings!
Socials Moving to Round Table Pizza 2022-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Polio Walk Saturday, October 22

Nevada City Rotarians hosted an End Polio Now Walk-About downtown Nevada City on Saturday, October 22nd in celebration of World Polio Day.  Concurrent wt\ith the Nevada City Farmers Market on Union Street, we set up an End Polio Now table in front of the Firehouse Museum next to Treats as we have done in recent years. 

Wearing End Polio Now T-Shirts, members took turns on a walk-about down Broad Street and through the market (mindful that solicitation in the Market is strictly prohibited) while others staffed the table. 

Big thanks to Judy Soldavini, Carolyn Feuille, Paul Boch, Walt Stickel, Tom Ryan, Ken Ching, Tom Milam, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, and Robin Milam for representing our club and of course, to Cathy for her every delicious cookies for both Rotarians and those who stopped by our table.

Nevada City Polio Walk Saturday, October 22 2022-09-24 07:00:00Z 0 end polio

RYLA Students Jason Lehman and Jessica Lake

Each summer Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) offers an intense, transformative experience for High School students from across Northern California and Nevada. Nevada City Rotary was proud to host Jason Lehman from Ghidotti Early College High School and  Jessica Lake from Nevada Union  at Camp RYLA (III) this summer. 
Alison Lehman joined us for lunch with her son Jason when he spoke to our club about his RYLA experience.
Jason Lehman pictured with Co-President Chris Newsom and Alison Lehman, CEO, Nevada County.
RYLA Students Jason Lehman and Jessica Lake 2022-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary welcomes Chief Dan Foss

Nevada City Rotary and PDG Doug McDonald were proud to induct Chief Dan Foss as the newest member of Nevada City Rotary at our Thursday Social meeting on September 15! Dan joined the Rotary Club of Madera in 2019.  Dan shared a snippet about why he became a Rotarian because of the pivotal role Rotary played in the launch and expansion of OLIVE to create a safe house for young girls who are victims of sex trafficking.  We will learn more when he is speaker for our November 3 meeting.

We are delighted to WELCOME Chief Dan to our Club and our Community, along with his wife Lisa and their 16-year-old daughter Vivian!

Nevada City Rotary welcomes Chief Dan Foss 2022-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Nevada City Rotary Presidential Citation 2022-2022

Dear Tom and Dave,
On behalf of Past President Shekhar Mehta and Past District Governor Anita Daniels;
Congratulations! The Rotary Club of Nevada City has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2021-22. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
Nevada City Rotary was one of eleven Clubs in District 5190 to achieve the 2021-2022 Rotary Citation awarded by PRIP Mehta.
Nevada City Rotary Presidential Citation 2022-2022  2022-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Free Flu Clinic with Nevada County

Nevada County Health and Human Services is again offering a free drive through flu shot clinic on Tuesday October 4, 2022. We have a special relationship supporting these flu clinics. As in past years, Nevada City Rotary volunteers will assist with morning setup as well check-in and traffic control during the clinic. Chris is coordinating volunteers and has information on how to register to volunteer. 
Tell your friends and family about the clinic!  More information at
2022 Free Flu Clinic with Nevada County 2022-09-09 07:00:00Z 0 Community,Nevada County Health and Human Services,vaccine

Karen McDonald - REGL Cheerleader

Nevada City Rotary enjoyed a fun and relaxing 1st Thursday Social at The National with our own Karen McDonald as keynote facilitator!  Karen delighted Rotarians with both our own hands-on REGL experiences and her personal stories of what led her to teaching, Rotary, and head cheerleader for Mount Saint Mary Academy students who are headed to REGL.
Dennis, Tom, Doug and Cathy engaged in a "low ropes" exercise as Karen coaches and talks about "her kids" who will be participating in REGL this month.  Obviously a proud teacher at Mt St Mary, Karen spoke about each individual student and her expectations of what they will gain from their upcoming REGL camp experience.  She is an inspiration clearly to her students and to all of us!
Karen McDonald - REGL Cheerleader 2022-09-04 07:00:00Z 0 regl,youth

Astana Rotary in Rotary Magazine

Congratulations Lyazzat and the Rotary Club of Astana, Kazakhstan
The August 2022 edition of Rotary Magazine includes story of the Club's Inclusive Playground Project!
The Rotary Club of Astana in late 2018 inaugurated its first inclusive playground in a country sorely in need of such opportunities. Named Kunshyaq, or “Sunshine,” the playground has specialized swings, ramps, merry-go-rounds, and other equipment to accommodate children with and without disabilities and instill values of tolerance and empathy. While the municipal council of the capital city, now called Nur-Sultan, donated the land, Rotary members in Astana, led by Past President Lyazzat Alshinova, generated about $55,000 from club members, other District 2430 clubs, embassies and other organizations, and proceeds from an art auction and ball. The playground is such a hit that the club, composed of Kazakhstanis and expatriates, raised funds for a second one in the capital.
Astana Rotary in Rotary Magazine 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Evani's Rotary Global Grant Scholar Story

Rotary Global Grant Scholar

As a 2021 Rotary Global Grant Scholar, I spent nine months in the beautiful and quaint city of Cambridge, England, where a warm day felt like California in winter. There, I conducted research at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge.
Over the past year, I have greatly enjoyed my time with the Grass Valley and Nevada City Rotary clubs. I cherish the inquisitive questions of members about my research and the tradition of happy/sad bucks! I also appreciate joining dinners with the Cambridge Sawston club and learning about members’ diverse life paths.
Evani's Rotary Global Grant Scholar StoryRotary Global Grant Scholar 2022-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

DG Jeff with Nevada City Rotary

Nevada City Rotary had a delightful visit with DG Jeff Gabriel for our first Thursday Lunch at Bistro 221.  It was a fun and inspiring meeting!
DG Jeff opened talking about Rotary International and RIP Jennifer Jones' theme "Imagine Rotary" and highlighted the meaning of the design elements in the this year's Rotary theme logo. He went on to expand on his own D5190 "Together we are one" logo. 
And such a good sport, he stepped in as our Jokester of the Week with some fun jokes about trees!
DG Jeff with Nevada City Rotary 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

We have a new look!

Take a look around Nevada City Rotary's new website!

Poke around!  Check out Stories under News & Updates and Causes We Support under About Us to refresh memories and learn more about what our Club is up to.  Many more nuggets through out.  Have fun.  Nothing will bite you!
Also remember to RSVP for each of our 2nd & 4th Thursday lunch meetings at Bistro 221
We have a new look! 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

DG Jeff and Jane Gabriel

Nevada City Rotary welcomes DG Jeff and Jane!

This Thursday August 11, DG Jeff and Jane Gabriel join us at our first lunch meeting at Bistro 221 Restaurant.  We are delighted to welcome Jeff for his first District Governor visit with our Club early in our Rotary year! 
DG Jeff and Jane Gabriel 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Vibrant Club Workshop - Sept 10

Join other District Rotarians for a training event that was designed for YOU!!

Cathy Wilcox-Barnes still needs a few more Rotarians to serve as SAA to help direct people to breakouts between the main session and probably, since it's at Truckee Meadows College again, to help with serving lunch. All SAA will be able to attend whatever sessions they plan to attend so it's just at the start and in-between sessions (and maybe lunch). If anyone is willing to help out, please contact Cathy right away.
Vibrant Club Workshop - Sept 10 2022-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Starting in August - New Venues

Starting in August, we will be meeting at not one, but two new venues: 

Where?  The National Exchange and Bistro 221

  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:30pm In-Person Social in the upstairs salon of The National Exchange Hotel
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays 12:15pm Lunch in the back room of Bistro 221 Restaurant (at 221 Broad Street). Please RSVP 
For menu options and logistics
Starting in August - New Venues 2022-08-01 07:00:00Z 0 meetings

Sean Grayson - City Manager

Nevada City Rotary is pleased to welcome our new City Manager as guest speaker for our first 5:30pm social at The National Exchange Hotel Thursday August 4, 2022.
Sean Grayson was appointed as the City Manager is Nevada City in February of 2022 bring his public service career full circle, returning home.
Sean was raised in Nevada City and was a valedictorian graduate of Nevada Union High School. As a high school athlete Sean was drawn to the team sport aspect of the fire service and entered public service employment more than 27 years ago as a firefighter paramedic. Sean has had assignments in both operational and administrative capacities, including serving in essentially every rank in the fire service, culminating with his appointment as Fire Chief in the City of Rialto.
Sean Grayson - City Manager 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Backpacks for Children

School Supplies to Fill Backpacks for Children

The Area 4 Rotary Clubs are partnering to fill backpacks with school supplies for 1st - 5th graders.  Together we filled at least 30 backpacks!  The non-profit Community Beyond Violence (CBV formerly Domestic Violence Coalition) is organizing this activity for children of the CBV clients.

Our Club is filling packs for students with requested school supplies.  Items the school kids need include:

  • #2 pencils, pens, crayons, erasers
  • notebooks and other paper, lined/ruled paper
  • rulers, paper folders, glue sticks
  • blunt tip scissors, box for pencils and pens
  • 2-pocket folders, coloring books

Lindy Beatie, our Area Assistant Governor and President of Penn Valley Rotary, picked up our donations with a back pack on July 28.  For more details, contact co-president Carolyn: sends e-mail)

Backpacks for Children 2022-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Magical Children's Festival

The Nevada City Children's Festival is back after a two-year hiatus!  Over 2,500 children of all ages took to Pioneer Park for two sessions on Friday.  A big thank you to Nancy Kemp, Gayle Denney, Sandy and Walt Stickel, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and anyone else who were involved with this year's festival. 
Planning is a year round affair for Nancy and the event team leads!  Congrats and thank you for keeping this event alive for our community! The little one working on a butterfly with her daddy is Dave and Gayle's granddaughter Sybil!
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Launching our New Year

Greetings to all our fellow Rotarians:

We, Queen Chris and Queen Carolyn, are excited about our co-presidency for the 2022-2023 Rotary year!  We honor the rich traditions of club presidents and plan to shake things up with a few new activities, based on our most important goals.
At the leadership retreat with the Board and club officers on June 20, we agreed on these goals as important and urgent:
  • Increase and enliven our membership
  • Put on a lucrative fundraiser
  • Find an appealing location for club meetings with food service and make social meetings more fun & livelier.
Launching our New Year  2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0 Co-Presidents Carolyn and Chris

Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams

President Elect Jennifer Jones announces 2022-23 presidential theme.

By Ryan Hyland,

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.

Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.Your browser does not support the video tag.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Read full story and watch the theme address

Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams 2022-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Global Scholar Evani Radiya-Dixit

As a Rotary International Global Peace Scholar, Evani Radiya-Dixit is conducting research on policymaking for facial recognition technology. Advised by Professor Gina Neff, Evani is a Visiting Researcher at Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, at the University of Cambridge. Evani completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. Previously, she worked on machine learning projects at Nvidia and Google. Her research work has been published at the International Conference on Machine Learning, the Stanford Public Interest Technology Lab, and the think tank New America. With her interest in public service, Evani recently worked at the U.S. federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and served as a data privacy strategist for a California City Council. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Computer Science courses and taught in Bogotá through Stanford CS Bridge. The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sawston is her in country host Club.  Nevada City Rotary is her sponsoring Club with support from Grass Valley Rotary.
Rotary Global Scholar Evani Radiya-Dixit 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0 Evani Radiya-Dixit,Minderoo Centre,Rotary Global Scholar

Farm Fresh Produce for Nevada County Food Bank

Local farms across Western Nevada County are moving into the height of the fresh summer produce growing season. Thanks to a matching grant from Rotary District 5190, the Rotary Club of Nevada City has provided 1,100 servings of fresh vegetables to the Food Bank of Nevada County. A variety of fresh produce was purchased from three local farms including First Rain Farm (Nevada City), Starbright Acres Family Farm (Grass Valley) and Feeding Crane Farm (Penn Valley). the farm fresh organic produce is being distributed in food boxes that are delivered to family homes and seniors each week as well as in bag lunches for children. Each box of food is designed to provide a healthy balance of supplemental food for a week including substantial protein, grains, vegetables, and fruit. The fresh produce followed a donation of 1,800 cans of veggies.
Farm Fresh Produce for Nevada County Food Bank 2022-06-06 07:00:00Z 0 Food Bank,PPC,fresh produce

A special relationship with Baja

Since 2015 delegation from the Rotary Club of Nevada City has traveled to Baja California, Mexico to partner with Los Barriles Cabo Este Rotary Club. One year our focus was on the small communities around Los Barriles, where young elementary and high school students live in albergues, or dormitories, during the week.Their homes are too far from school for a daily commute over the dusty roads that crisscross the area. While the children were home for the weekend, the two Clubs worked together to scrub, scrape, and repaint the boy's dorm at La Ribera Albergue. Bright, fresh colors were chosen by the students for their weekday home. Once the paint had dried and the rooms detailed, the Clubs hung matching curtains throughout. Years before the Club had sponsored a local Rotary Club of San Jose Los Cabos, Mexico south of Los Barriless.  We provided wheelchairs and other medical assistance and are happy to have renewed our partnership with Baja CA del Sur.
A special relationship with Baja 2022-06-03 07:00:00Z 0 East Cape Health,Los Barriles,Nevada City Rotary,vision care

Canned Food Drive and Raffle Drawing

Nevada City Rotary hosted a drive-through Canned Food Drive to support Nevada County Food Bank on Saturday February 13 2021.  During the drive through, we raised over 1,100 lbs of food for the Food Bank of Nevada County!  Thank you to all our community members who so generously dropped off non-perishable food in quantities ranging from single cans and bags to full trunk loads!  The food will meet the urgent needs of our community during the extended pandemic.
The Club used the occasion to draw our winning Restaurant Raffle ticket. And the WINNER IS ROTARY SCHOLAR COURTNEY ANDES_MCCULLOUGH!

A big thank you to Dave's Auto Repair at 747 Zion St in Nevada City 7 Hills District for use of his facility!
Canned Food Drive and Raffle Drawing 2022-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Nevada County Flu and COVID Shot Clinics 2022-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 COVID,Community,Nevada County Health and Human Services,pediatric,vaccine

Lithium-Ion Collection

Partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County and Redwood Materials, Nevada City Rotary co-hosted a Rotary Day of Service with a drive-through collection to recycle lithium-ion battery products.
Redwood Materials is creating a circular supply chain for lithium-ion batteries.  The company is working side by side with the Rotary Clubs offer convenient locations for community members to recycle their lithium-ion batteries.  The Clubs set up multiple drive through collection lanes at Litton Engineering.  During the day, the clubs collected household items that contain a rechargeable (lithium-ion) battery. This included old cell phones, electric toothbrushes, hair clippers, electric shavers, laptops, power tools, Bluetooth speakers, video game controllers, wireless headphones, and more! The event in April 2022 is planned to be repeated in Spring of 2023.
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Dokimos Family Pharmacy Awarded

Kelly Dokimos, and Jacque Dokimos Paye accept the Community Vocational Service Award from Gail Denny of Nevada City Rotary.
Dokimos Family Pharmacy provided free COVID vaccinations for walk-in customers at the peak of the pandemic.   This was a terrific contribution to the community, since scheduling vaccinations was difficult at that time which was the Summer of 2021. As a result, Our club awarded the owners our first annual Community Service Award.
Dokimos Family Pharmacy Awarded 2022-04-04 07:00:00Z 0 COVID,Domikos Family Pharmacy,Nevada City Rotary,vaccine

Digging to rebuild Woolman Garden after Jones Fire

In August 2020, the Jones Fire raged through the South Yuba River Canyon up Jones Ridge devastating lands and buildings in its path. The Woolman campus was hit hard. The fire destroyed the garden buildings and the gardens. Now Woolman is looking to rebuild and replant. In celebration of Rotary's new Protecting the Environment focus, Nevada City Rotary decided to initiate an environmental project for Earth Day and Rotarians At Work Day 2021.
The Club partnered with a local farmer Malaika Bishop of BluebirdFarm to help in replanting parts of the garden, restoring fencing and repairing green houses and hoop houses. Supporting local healthy farms is critical to ensuring food security and a healthy environment for our community. In an all-hands project to celebrate Earth Day and Rotarians at Work Day, the Club was digging in the dirt together planting native pollinator plants, repairing irrigation lines, cleaning the garden and orchard in an effort to rebuild our community and help restore food sustainability.
Digging to rebuild Woolman Garden after Jones Fire 2022-04-01 07:00:00Z 0 Woolman Fire

Rotary Honors People of Action 2022

Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County (CA, USA) honored first responders and essential workers of our community.
The five D5190 Area 4 Rotary Clubs partnered with local organizations and agencies for a community wide Rotary Honors People of Action event. The awards event was held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center. Community leaders were asked to select 2 members of their organization to represent first responders and essential workers who have who supported our community selflessly during the last two years of COVID, wildfires and storms our community has endured. Honorees included, Police, Fire, Health Care, Grocery and School workers from across Western Nevada County in the Sierra Foothills of California. Participating organizations included Grass Valley Police, Nevada County Sheriff, CAL Trans, local school districts, local fire districts, CAL Fire, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, BriarPatch Food Co-Op, SPD Markets, SaveMart, Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society, and local food banks. A night filled with gratitude and community pride.
Rotary Honors People of Action 2022 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Girls Who Code Nevada County

Girls Who Code is a global movement to change the game for girls in technology.  Nevada City Rotary launched a Girls Who Code program to help young girls in our local community discover their own aptitude.  The intention was to create one Club of young girls ages 6-12 in order to to close the gender gap in computer science by teaching girls about programming, web design, mobile development and robotics.
Why? In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. The percent will continue to decline if we do nothing. We know that the biggest drop off of girls in computer science is between the ages of 13 and 17.
Since 2017-18 the program has been meeting at Seven Hills Middle School under the direction of Leslie May, 7 Hills Teacher.   With the COVID pandemic, the program was suspended.  We are hoping to reconvene the program in 2022 or 2023.
Girls Who Code Nevada County 2022-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Free Reusable COVID Masks

During the early days of the COVID pandemic, Nevada City Rotary moved in to action looking for ways to help keep our community safe.  We partnered with a group of sewers who call themselves “Mask Warriors Unite” to host a series of Free COVID Mask Give Away drive through events.  Masks were donated by Nevada County Mask Warriors, Zips Face Masks, and Nevada City Rotarians.  
Free Reusable COVID Masks  2022-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Adaptive Ed and Leadership Class Field Days

One of the most heart-warming and memorable Nevada City Rotary projects is carried out in partnership with Seven Hills Middle School and the Nevada County Adaptive Education program. Over the years, we have moved locations at the preference of school leadership.  Our most recent events have been field days at the ball field at Seven Hills, Western Gateway Park, and Lions Park.  Before that we visited Empire State Mine and the Rock Creek Nature Trail.
The students from the Leadership Class and the Adaptive Ed program become buddies for the day. Always a very fun, special day for all! What a delight it is to experience the Seven Hills and Union Hill Leadership and Adaptive Education students buddying together around the lake to fish, play frisbee golf or other field games and make HUGE bubbles.
Adaptive Ed and Leadership Class Field Days 2022-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Miners Trail Nevada City

Starting at Broad Street off ramp across Deer Creek from Lefty's Grill, a small public nature trail called "The Miner’s Trail" meanders along the creek and under the Highway 49 overpass. The trail, offers a short walk along Deer Creek near the downtown Nevada City historic district.
Nevada City Rotary built the trail in partnership with the City of Nevada City in 1998.  The Club planted trees, created rock benches and printed guides to the trail and posted access signage at the trailhead. A quiet way to enjoy a bit of nature while downtown.
Miners Trail Nevada City 2021-12-01 08:00:00Z 0 Deer Creek,Miners Trail,Nevada City

Our Fair Story

Nevada City Rotary was proud to have hosted our Pulled Pork and Shredded Chicken booth on Treat Street as our annual community service fundraiser literally for decades. Treat Street, is and has been, about community.  Lined with non-profit organizations of all sort, Treat Street continues to support our community in a significant way.

For years, the Club had a booth across Treat Street from the current location until a tree fell and crushed it.  In 1984 the Club built a new booth.  At that time Rotarians were selling Pepper Bellies with Chili.

Our Fair Story 2021-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Open World Kazakhstan Entrepreneurs

Five young, enterprising entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan spent a very full week September 25 - October 3, 2015 in Northern California hosted by Nevada City Rotary.  The Kazakh delegates included small business owners, directors of private and public entrepreneur service agencies, a cultural facilitator and an interpreter.
From this delegation, grew a Twin Club partnership with the Rotary Club of Astana and a very special friendship exchange when Carolyn Feuille, International Service Chair visted Kazakhstan and Club President Lyassat visited Nevada City Rotary.
Open World Kazakhstan Entrepreneurs  2020-10-06 07:00:00Z 0 Open World,kazakhstan,rotary club of astana

Rotary Builds Heritage Garden at North Star House

In partnership with local area clubs and matched by a district grant, Rotarians restored and improved the Heritage Garden at the historic North Star House, designed by architect Julia Morgan. Under the direction of Grass Valley South Rotarian Adam Weiss of Weiss Landscaping, Rotarians installed sprinklers, rock work, pathways, and garden gates. Before planting we tilled soil and compost to create a vibrant community garden space.
District Governor Berta Pickett and President Tom Ryan admire the garden gate before the garden's dedication.
Rotary Builds Heritage Garden at North Star House 2020-04-04 07:00:00Z 0 Heritage Garden,North Star House

Noel Carter Loop Trail

Nevada City Rotary partnered with Nevada County Land Trust to build the Noel Carter Loop Trail in memory of Noel.  The beautifully wooded trail is an extension of the Orene Wetherall Trail in the Woodpecker Preserve on Banner Mountain and completes the loop section.  The trail was dedicated on May 11, 2013 and is maintained by Nevada County Land Trust (now Bear Yuba Land Trust) who owns the preserve.
Noel was a longtime member of Nevada City Rotary and served faithfully as our Club Treasurer for more than ten years. During the Nevada County Fair, Noel set aside several nights, always including Saturday night, to help staff our booth.  Because of his prominence in the community, along with his "gift of gab," he knew most of the people at the fair in those years, and many came by the booth to say hello.  Noel resigned from Rotary in 1998 upon his retirement so he could travel the West Coast and Mexico with his family. 
Noel passed away after a tragic accident in December 2009.  Sometime after that, Bank of America donated $10,000 per Noel’s will to Nevada City Rotary.  It is fitting that The Noel Carter Loop Trail is dedicated in memory of a Rotarian who lived life to the fullest and always celebrated the outdoors.
Noel Carter Loop Trail 2013-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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