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Welcome to Gold Country Rotary

Auburn Gold Country

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Awful Annie's
13460 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603
United States of America
(530) 559-6928
We are proud to be hybrid, meeting live and via Zoom
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Bring your family and kids for a safe and fun event.  Join us on Saturday October 17, 2020 and Auburn's Recreation Park for a Halloween celebration.  Kids will enjoy the candy trial and scarecrow competition.  There will also be a giant pumpkin contest to enjoy.
Auburn Gold Country Rotary shared Rotary with the Auburn Ca. community in the first ever drive by 4th. Of July parade. 
Gold Country Rotary presented $1000 awards to the following recipients.
Bootstrap Awards:
   Kiya  Bravo, Placer High
   Jacob Prasad, Placer High
   Rachel Shrum, Placer High
   Victor Sanchez, Placer High
   Kylie Garten, Placer High
   Maya Graham, Placer High
   Jaden Desrochers, Placer High
Community Service Awards:
   Kate Haydon, Placer High
   Sofia Walluch, Colfax High
   Michelle Chamberlin, Placer High
   Madeline Cramer, Colfax High
These are the applications for Gold Country Rotary's student awards for 2020.  The awards are Alan Young Bootstrap award, the Community Service award, and the George Douwsma Trade School scholarship.
Gold Country Rotarians sliced the meat for the Christmas dinner at the Bethlehem Lutheran church in Auburn.  The dinner is annual event and is free to all.
Gold Country Rotarians worked together to create a garden area for the women at the Gathering Inn homeless shelter at the Dewitt Center in Auburn. The raised garden beds will allow them to grow fresh food on site.
Oktoberfest is here!  Friday October 4, 2019, 5-10 PM in the Placer Building at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.
Gold Country Rotary gave out 4 Community Service awards to students for their academic and community service achievements.  The students receiving the awards were: Katie Huston, Autumn Rosenberg, Calli Genest, and Sierra Hagen.  Gold Country Rotary also gave 6 Alan Young Bootstrap awards.  The Alan Young Bootstrap award is given to students who have overcome hardships and maintained a positive attitude while still achieved their goals.  The recipients were: Vanessa Ramirez, Isaiah Vasquez, Katy Valdez, Sean McCormick, Nathan Rowe, and Andrew Garza.
Have fun playing Bingo and help Rotary International projects. See "Events" on the left for tickets.
The Area 5 Speech Contest was held at Awful Annies' Restaurant on April 4, 2019.  First place went to Connor Ryan of Placer High.  The second place winner was Calie Cranny of Placer High.   Max Wolf of Colfax High took third place, and Oliver Aceves of Placer High was fourth. Connor will be representing Area 5 at the district convention in May.
Oktoberfest 2018 was a rousing success.  Attendance was good and everyone had a great time.  The stein holding contest was again a popular event. 
Oktoberfest 2018 is here.  Please join us on Oct 5, 2018 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds for fun and festivities.
Gold Country Rotary’s 30th
Annual Oktoberfest Oct 5, 2018
At the Gold Country Fairgrounds
Tickets are available from any
Gold Country Rotarian
Ralph Smith State Farm Agency
430 Grass Valley Hwy
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 885-8652
George Graziano - (530) 613-0764
Jerry Picaman (530) 401-3066
online at Event Brite
see Links at left
Rotarians at Work Day April 28,2018.  Gold Country Rotarians descended on Rock Creek School on Saturday to do several tasks.  The garden area cleaned up so the children could plant vegetables.  The benches around trees that the club had installed a few years ago were given a new coat of paint with some whimsical designs added.  The kiosk near the front entrance to the school  was moved and positioned at angle that improved it's visibility.
Gold Country Rotary supports local youth with several awards.  Our Community Service Award is for high school seniors that demonstrated a commitment to community service while performing well in academics.  Our Douwsma Award is for high school seniors that plan to pursue a vocational career.  Our Alan Young Bootstrap Award is given to high school seniors who have overcome adversity to pull themselves up by their "bootstraps" and succeed.
The due date for all applications is March 15, 2018.
You can view/download the applications with the following links.
The District 5190 Speech contest is here.  Gold Country Rotary is hosting the area contest on April 5, 2018 during our meeting at Awful Annie's Restaurant.  This contest is open to all students in grades 9-12.  The theme for this year's contest is: "Rotary is Making a Difference.  What About Me?"
Applications are due by March 29, 2018.
You can view/download the application and information with this link: documents/en-ca/83e3f2c5-cfee-452d-93ae-4d61c59b4897/1
On Saturday morning Oct 21, 2017 Placer County Rotary clubs participated in an event hosted by Feed My Starving Children.  Auburn Rotary, Gold Country Rotary, and Sierra Passport Rotary helped stuff packets of food to be distributed to starving children around the world.  There were 179 Rotary members and friends in attendance.  The group completed 178 boxes containing 26 food packets each.  It was a well organized event and everyone had fun.
October 24th was World Polio Day.  Members from Area 5 Rotary clubs gathered at the Auburn Courthouse for a picture celebrating the day.  Auburn Rotary, Gold Country Rotary, Sunset Rotary, and Sierra Passport Rotary were all represented in the picture.
Gold Country Rotary members participated in a river rafting event hosted by Auburn Rotary.  Sierra Passport Rotary also participated.  Fun was had by all on the lower run of the South Fork of the American River.  The rafting excursion was followed by a barbecue dinner hosted by Auburn Rotary.  $50 of the fee is being donated to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus fund.
Gold Country Rotary's 29th annual Oktoberfest is on Oct 6, 2017 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Placer Building.  Tickets are available from any Gold Country Rotarian.
Gold Country Rotary sold Margaritas and Rum & Coke at this years Auburn Family Fourth celebration at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.  The money raised was donated the the Rotary International Foundation Polio Plus fund to help the polio eradication effort.  Thanks to the volunteers who helped at the event: Carl Bullock, Jeanette Bullock, Lindy Young, Laurie Richardson, Nancy DiMugno, Don Powers, Robin Draghli, Nancie Radakovitz, Bill Radakovitz, Joanne Barragan, Leanne Luebkeman, and Jerry Picaman.
Joanne Barragan replaced  Nancie Radakovitz as president of Gold Country Rotary on June 30, 2017 at Nancie's demotion party held at Joanne Barragan's home.  A great time was had by all at the party.
Susan Willson was inducted as the newest member of Gold Country Rotary on June 22, 2017.  Susan is with the Auburn Sutter Faith Foundation.
Jeanette Bullock was awarded her Paul Harris plus 2 at the Area 5 Foundation Dinner by President Nancie Radakotitz on March 9, 2017.  Carl Bullock was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the fundraising events of Gold Country Rotary.
Gold Country Rotary has moved its meeting location to Awful Annie's at 13460 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603.  Our first meeting at Awful Annie's will be Thursday Feb 2, 2017.  We will be meeting in the back room.  There is a side door entrance directly into the meeting room.  All visitors are always welcome.  The lunch menu includes a varied selection of tasty items.  The cost for lunch is $20.
We had a wonderful Christmas party hosted by our President Nancie Radakovitz.  The food was awesome and plentiful.  There was ample time to mingle and talk with all attendees while sampling the food and drink.  The White Elephant gift exchange was the highlight of the evening with many gifts changing hands.
The 28th annual Gold Country Rotary Oktoberfest is here.  Please join us at the Gold Country Fairgrounds October 21, 2016 from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.  Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door.  Tickets are available from any Gold Country Rotarian.  Contact Nancie Radakovitz 530-823-9764 nancierad@wavecable.com or Jerry Picaman 530-401-3066 jerry@genbus.com for tickets or info.  An authentic German dinner, German dancers and music are included.
On July 1, 2016 Nancie Radakovitz started her year as president of Gold Country Rotary.  This is Nancie's second tenure as president.  She was previously president in 1998-1999.

Carl Bullock was awarded his Paul Harris + 2 award at the Area 5 Foundation Dinner at the Ridge Event Center on March 30, 2016.  Carl received the award for his tireless work in organizing the setups for our annual Oktoberfest and Mardi Gras fundraising events.
Ralph Smith receives a Foundation Award for his tireless work with the Foundation at the Area 5 Foundation Dinner held at the Ridge Event Center on March 30, 2016.  Thanks to Ralph's work, Gold Country Rotary is well on it's way to acheiving 100% Paul Harris participation.
Gold Country Rotary's annual Oktoberfest fundraiser is Friday October 2, 2015 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Placer building.  This event is our biggest fundraiser and helps support our scholarship programs.  These include Academic Scholarships, Trade School Scholarships, and the Alan Young Bootstrap Award for students who have accomplished goals despite adversities.  The funds also support Community Projects including Youth Leadership Camps, Youth Speech Contest, Literacy Programs, Interfaith Food Closet, The Gathering Inn, The Salvation Army, Projects for Seniors, Festival of Lights, Christmas Basket, Eradicating Polio, and ShelterBox Disaster Relief.
Leanne Luebkeman was inducted as a new "Friend of Gold Country Rotary".  Leanne is a former member who had to resign due to a change in employment.  She was a dedicated member and continues to help with club functions.
Linda Fazo was presented with the "Be a Gift to the World" award by District Governor Gail "Virus" Ellingwood during her visit to Gold Country Rotary.
Carl Bullock was presented the "Silent Rotarian" award by District Governor Gail "Virus" Ellingwood during her visit to Gold Country Rotary.
Jerry Picaman has been elected President of Auburn Gold Country Rotary beginning July 1, 2015. Jerry owns General Business Systems, providing flexible and affordable enterprise solutions and support for accounting and business processes. He received a Rotary college scholarship, and joined Gold Country Rotary in September 2011. Congratulations Jerry!
Kelly Leibold was inducted as a new member of Auburn Gold Country Rotary on June 11, 2015. Kelly is Director of Circulation at Gold Country Media; his office is located on High Street in Auburn. Kelly was a member of the Rotary Club of Roseville a couple of years ago when he was Publisher of the Roseville Press Tribune. He left the club due to a promotion. Kelly's Rotary sponsor is Michael Dockery, the club's Membership Chair. Gold Country Rotary is very happy to welcome Kelly to our Rotary team!
Rotarian Samuel Jefferson Frazier III gave a very impressive presentation on the Korean martial art, Tang Soo Do. He is the Grand Master of the World MATA Tang Soo Do Federation, the testing and ranking federation for all schools. Sam is also an accomplished pilot and yachtsman, and somehow finds time for his profession as a trial attorney with practices in both Northern and Southern California. Gold Country Rotary President Lynne Tinel is one of Sam's martial arts students.
   Auburn Gold Country Rotary gave $16,000 to graduating high school seniors to help them continue their education at a college or vocational school.
   The Rotary club also acknowledged students who overcame hardships, and accomplished their goals through hard work and perseverance. “The Bootstrap award was named for Rotarian Alan Young who had a passion for helping young adults, and was himself a student who pulled himself up by his bootstraps. He dedicated much of his life to serving others,” said Rotary President Lynne Tinel.  Students who received awards were from Colfax High School, Foresthill High School, Chana High School, and Forest Lake Christian School.
Pictured from right to left: Sydnee Papera, Isaiah Cross, Christopher Fromhold, Michael O'Keefe, Scott Irons, Cameron Miller, Sarah Bianchi Blayne Costello, and Rotarian Pam Tichenor.
Auburn Gold Country Rotary donated three ShelterBoxes to provide emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people who've lost everything in a disaster. Each green ShelterBox costs $1,000 and typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack, and other vital items. To learn more about ShelterBox, go to:
If you'd like to make a donation of any size toward the cost of a ShelterBox, contact Rotarian and ShelterBox Ambassador Jeanette Bullock at (530) 269-1077.
Register at the 5190 District website for the 2015 District Conference.  Prior to the meetings there is a golf tournament, bicycle rides, tennis tournament, and a breakfast boat tour on the lake.

 It’s no fun spending Christmas in the hospital. So Sybil Louton, a patient at Sutter Auburn Faith, was surprised and delighted when Placer High School students Emaleigh White, Emily Burgard, and Sydnee Binder helped make her Christmas a little brighter. They added seasonal touches to her hospital room, and sang Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

 The girls are all members of Placer High School’s Interact Club, a Rotarian service club for youth whose goal is to learn leadership skills through community service. "I've never done anything like this before. It was very cool," said Interact President Emaleigh White.

  “Interact students and Rotarians joined forces to bring Christmas cheer to hospital patients who may feel shut-off from the holidays,” explained Lynne Tinel, President of Auburn Gold Country Rotary. Rotarians Mindy Danovaro, Nancie Radakovitz, and Lynne Tinel met with the girls to deliver specially made greeting cards and decorative Christmas trees for up to 40 patients at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.  

  Nancie summed it up, "Great day, fun time, and special moments with young students showing what they can do to make a difference in peoples lives. So pleased to be a part of this, yet another event, displaying what Rotary and the community can do."

  Foundation Executive Director Mindy Danovaro says the staff at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital understands that the holidays can be a stressful time for patients who aren’t able to spend Christmas at home with their families. “We strive to help patients capture the warmth of the season by making their stay as enjoyable as possible."

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For twenty plus years Gold Country Rotary Secretary Donna Book and her husband Stuart have been dressing the part to entertain children during the holidays - from grandchildren to children at day care centers. The children absolutely love Stuart! And why wouldn't they? You won't find a more authentic looking Santa Claus. Or two more giving people!



Gold Country Rotary partners with The Gathering Inn four or more times a year to gather those who are homeless into the warmth of local churches and provide supper, overnight accommodations, and hospitality. On Friday, December 19, Rotarians gathered at the 1st Congregational Church in Auburn and - with the help of the Girl Scouts - prepared and served Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs, salad, and dessert.  “Thanks Gold Country Rotary,” said Executive Director Suzi deFosset. "The Gathering Inn and the guests so appreciate your support and great food. Icing on the cake is seeing how much fun you are having!”


June 2021
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Co Treasure/Controller
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