John is proud to be an active member of the Nevada City Rotary. Rotary’s international motto “Service above self” drives much of the work they do.
John has been involved with Rotary for many years both locally and in Mexico. In 2015, Nevada City Rotary partnered with Rotary Club of Los Barriles del Cabo Este for an International Rotary at Work Day Project for the children of La Ribera Alburgue (Hostel/dormitory). Rotarians rolled up their sleeves scraping, cleaning, repainting and refurbishing the boys dormitory with fresh colors chosen by the young student residents. Read more…
John and Sandra donated a much needed wheelchair on behalf of the Nevada City Rotary for use by patients at a medical clinic near Cabo San Lucas. They have also been responsible for donating a small refrigerator to store insulin and other medicines.
Locally Nevada City Rotary is committed the youth of our community. The Club supports a number of youth projects and organizations including Bear River Interact Club, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotary Speech Tournament and Music Tournament, 4H/FFA Livestock Auction, Friendship Club Scholarship, Drew Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, and several other scholarships.
For many years John and Sandra have played an active role in coordinating one of the most memorable projects, the Rock Creek Nature Hike and BBQ. Each year, the Club partners with the U.S. Forest Service, Seven Hills Middle School Leadership Class, and Union Hill School to pair handicapped with healthy children to teach them about our forests. Students from the leadership class are matched with a “buddy” from the handicapped school to take them on the Rock Creek Nature Trail. Along the way, the children learn about nature and wildlife as well as how to deal with each other. Smokey Bear always makes a heart-warming surprise visit!
Each year Nevada City Rotary sponsors an Adventures & Wine gala auction as its major fundraiser. All proceeds from the auction go to supporting these and other local youth programs. Over the years, John can often be heard on KVMR announcing the wide range of auction items our community so generously donates.