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

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:  cfeuille@espritgloballearning.com(link 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!
Magical Children's Festival 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

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

Recycling Plastics with Trex, Inc.

Nevada City Rotary took the lead to partner with Trex Company, Inc. to recycle stretchable plastics that Waste Management will not accept. The public response has been amazing! In less than 9 months we collected over 4,000 lbs -- 2 tons of plastics. 
Envirnomental Sustainability Committee Chair Chris Newsom says "Clearly this plastics recycling collection is one our community wants to support!" People are collecting plastics at home and bringing in bags to put in at 10 commercial and residential sites around Nevada City and Grass Valley. Club volunteers empty the bins and deliver them to SaveMart grocery in Grass Valley.  SaveMart has graciously agreed to add the collected plastics to their collections which are trucked to a location in central California for distribution to Trex. The stretchable plastic then becomes material for the productions of Trex decking, furniture and other products. The Club received a Trex bench made of recycle plastics that will be installed with a Rotary label in Nevada City.  We are partnering with Grass Valley Rotary during the second 6 month cycle and they will also receive a Trex bench. 
Recycling Plastics with Trex, Inc.  2022-07-01 07:00:00Z 0 Trex,recycle

Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams

President Elect Jennifer Jones announces 2022-23 presidential theme.

By Ryan Hyland, Rotary.org

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

Nevada City Rotary is happy to have an "on call" relationship with Nevada County Health and Human Services to assist with preventive health clinics for flu shots and pediatric COVID shots. 
Nevada County Health Department offered a series of two COVID Vaccine Clinics for local children. The free clinics allowed children to receive their first and second shots. Nevada City Rotary greeted children and their parents, guided them through the clinic, distributed free COVID face masks, and passed out treats. Chris, a retired physician assisted the medical team administering shots.  Super heroes among both the County staff and Rotarians added a cheerful encouraging spirit for the children. 
Our Club has a valued partnership with our Health Department assisting with flu shots for several years and distributing free COVID masks.
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.
Lithium-Ion Collection 2022-06-01 07:00:00Z 0 Redwood Materials,Rotary Clubs of Western Nevada County,lithium-ion recycle

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

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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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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Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

Young Inventor Eco-Friendly Bricks Come Full Circle Eleanor Kenitzer 0