Cathy's Demotion - June 18 Social 5:30pm Zoom

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:  Thursday June 18 at 5:30pm


Be Ready for some Virtual Fun and Maybe a Few Surprises!!!

Our Rotary Mold ...

This is a bittersweet Rotario to write; my last as your President for the 2019-2020 year. As I look forward to my 2nd retirement from the position of President of the Rotary Club of Nevada City, I also know how much I will miss sitting down to write something for the Rotario. Thank you all for humoring me and giving me a platform to voice my rambling thoughts and musings each week. Our members, our club, our Area, our District and Rotary worldwide have always provided something to challenge me, to brag about, to think about in a new way and to get my creative juices flowing as I attempt to capture my thoughts on paper. The results are a newsletter that does not quite fit the mold of the usual Rotary club newsletter.  Our Club does not always fit the mold. I don’t see that as a negative, I see it as a positive. I think it keeps things fresh and interesting. A special “thanks” goes to Robin who, each week, takes my ramblings and jazzes them up with fun graphics, catchy headings, and overall superb editing skills.

You are AMAZING!

As I have said before, this club is amazing. You encourage one another, pitch in whenever we put out a call for volunteers and generously share your vocational skills and your talents with Rotary. I have also said before and I will proudly repeat, I think our club, hands down, has the best overall participation in Area 4.

This past Saturday is proof of it. Thirteen of you showed up for our free COVID-19 Mask Give Away. Thirteen!! Carolyn Inglis spearheaded it, and everyone pitched in to make this first-time event an overwhelming success. Thanks go to Carolyn and Mike Inglis, Tom and Robin Milam, Karen and Doug McDonald (and little Malik), Walt Stickel, Carolyn Feuille, Lynda Guthrie, Tom Ryan, Judy Soldavini and Carla Burke. Additionally, Lexis LaRue and volunteers from Masked Warriors provided additional support in the form of masks, and enthusiasm. Tony Catherina provided music!  Cars were lined up a block or more down Zion Street by 9:30am even though we advertised a 10am start!  Unfortunately, we ran out of masks before we ran out of  mask-seeking customers and Rotarian enthusiasm. Look for another chance to volunteer at our “back by popular demand” second Give Away in July.

"E" Ticket Express...

When we started on the 2019-2020 journey together, who would have dreamed we were taking the “E Ticket” roller coaster ride. Our many successes this year were suddenly overshadowed by the Coronavirus pandemic and resulting cancellation of in-person meetings, Hungry Games, the Nevada County Fair, RYLA, the Music Contest and so much more that altered our normal routine. But, true to our Rotary spirit and awesome members we quickly regrouped, shifted to successful Zoom meetings long before our fellow Area 4 clubs and continued to live our motto of Service Above Self with community service projects that we could perform under the shelter-in-place guidelines.

With all this happening, we also managed to welcome two new members.  Thank you Doug and Karen McDonald for being such good sports (and guinea pigs) as we conducted our first ever induction via Zoom. Another first they can add to their impressive Rotary resume!

Connecting is not a solo activity.

I could go on and on but that would turn this Rotario into a booklet, rather than a newsletter. Our theme this year was “Rotary Connects the World.” Connecting is not a solo activity. We have learned that even while we are sheltering-in-place, we need to keep connected. Throughout this year, and especially in these last months, we have proved that Rotary can and does Connect the World. Thank you for keeping me connected, thank you for putting up with my crazy meetings this past year and thank you all for being awesome Connected Rotarians!

Last Week:  Caleb Dardick, Nevada County Relief Fund

Caleb Dardick, Project Administrator in the County Nevada County's CEO's office gave a first hand account of how Nevada County has stepped up to support our most vulnerable neighbors and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the heels of Caleb's presentation is today's news release: Nevada County Relief Fund seeks second round of grant applications 

In case you missed last week's, excellent presentation or want to know more, click the icon.

Faced with unprecedented hardships, the newly formed “Nevada County Relief Fund” and the “Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund” are coordinating a countywide philanthropic response. The shared goal is to direct vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors served by nonprofit organizations as well as small businesses vital to our quality of life who were forced to close their doors due to the shelter-in-place orders.

Preparing for the Year Ahead

Combined 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Board Retreat

In an extended joint Board meeting on Monday night, President Cathy covered a few year-end agenda items and then turned over the Zoom session to PE Tom Milam for a 2020-21 Leadership Planning Retreat. PE Tom looks forward to introducing next year's Board and the Board's vision for the year ahead in a future Rotario.

Check your email for your dues invoice! 

Everyone should now have an invoice for the year. If you have not received yours, please contact incoming Treasurer Tom Ryan or reply to this email.

As we have noted, on July 1 we launch our new Rotary year which means with June comes annual dues invoices.  Under normal circumstances our Club dues would be billed at $180 for the year (or $190 if paid in increments). Due to these unprecedented circumstances, District 5190 is granting all our club members a “dues holiday” for July through December 2020. This means that the District portion of our dues for July 1 will be $0 instead of $19 for the first half of the year.  On your invoice, you will see this year's dues reduced to $161 (or $171 if you choose to pay in increments). Give a shout out to District Governor Randy Van Tassell and District Governor Elect, Berta Pickett who requested approval from the District Finance Committee for this "dues holiday"!

Hungry Games II - Happy Valentine's Day 2021

Save the Date for a really special Valentine's Day treat as Hungry Games II is now landing on February 14, 2021.  July 19 was coming too fast so looking at our options we chose Valentine's Day!  In the coming months we will regroup and reconfirm raffle participants and many other details.  For now, Miners Foundry, Sgt Funky, The Ham Stand and our Club are lined up for a fabulous celebration. 

From District 5190 - Leadership Learning

Have YOU checked it out yet?  The purpose of the Leadership Learning Assembly (LLA) is to prepare our club leaders, board, and all our club members – new or seasoned - for the 2020-2021 Rotary JOurneY ahead!  It is sure to be exciting! This year’s theme Rotary Open Opportunities challenges us adapt to a changed and changing environment and affirms continuous learning and continuous improvement as the way to stay on top of the wave of change around us. This virtual program is self-paced and requires self-motivation. You can choose the modules you want to take! Learn more at Leadership Learning Assembly.

From our Members

A big congratulations to Greg Geare for the release of his book of poetry entitled Reflections from Inner Space.

Reflections from Inner Space by Gregory Geare
Innergreg publications, Mar 10, 2020

A book of poems that is thoughtful and philosophical at times. Intimate love poetry and insightful reflections on the human condition are included.

About the author (2020) - from Greg's book

Greg Geare has advanced degrees in philosophy, psychology and world religion.Greg worked for 24 years in Child Protective Services in Los Angeles and Humboldt counties. This collection of poems is an attempt to be a sincere atheist. Not an easy task - to be critically intelligent yet be intuitively spiritual as well. Greg is the proud father of four children and has retired in Nevada City, CA.

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Learn the latest on how to get tested and what Stage 2 reopening includes and other Nevada County updates through The County published a helpful Shelter in Place FAQs by the County of Nevada

2020 Census is now under way

As of June 4,  55.1% of Nevada County residents have responded. Have you? Your response to the 2020 Census matters. For the first time, you can respond online. The census asks just a few questions and takes only a few minutes to respond. So if you haven’t responded, please do so today, and urge your family, friends, and neighbors to respond too.  For more information, visit

Stay connected and informed

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

Thank you all again for your hard work and dedication to our Nevada City Rotary Club. Be patient, be safe and above all, Stay positive  .... Test negative.

Your President,

Cathy W-B

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

June 18: Cathy's Demotion 5:30pm - Even Virtual will be fun and memorable! 
Save the Date for a fun-filled creative Zoom program!

Save the Date for Rotary International's Free Virtual Event

"Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention"
When: 20-26 June on your computer, tablet or mobile device.  Learn more at

  • Rotary International President Mark Maloney, President Elect Holger Knaack and President Elect Nominee Shekhar Mehtaare are among the General Session keynote speakers.
  • A variety of Breakout sessions will run through July.
  • Be an active participant - yes, literally - and Join the Walking Challenge at the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention!

June 25:  Lunch “Dealing with the Covid Pandemic From Around the World” Cathy, Carolyn I, Carolyn F.

July 19 : Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE: VALENTINE'S DAY FEB 14, 2021

August 20: (Lunch/Social TBD)  DG Roberta Pickett Visit

To be rescheduled: 

  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!


July 17: The Children's Festival, CANCELED

August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair CANCELED as of June 9, 2020

Special Dates


 Ken Ching 6/3   Dave and Gayle Denney 6/12
 Ron Knaus 6/9   Ron Knaus (Nancy) 6/20
 Nicole Dillard 6/13   Judy Solavini (George) 6/24
 Michael Young 6/17   Doug and Karen McDonald 6/24
 Robin Milam 6/29    

Club Leadership

President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Milam
Past President: Tom Ryan
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Carla Burke
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson & Nathan Leishman
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis & Tom Milam

Club Social:  Judy Soldavini
Sergeant at Arms: Walt Stickel
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom
Membership: Stacy Robinson & Tom Ryan
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom
& Nancy Kemp
At Large: Dennis Geare

If you have a whine, write it on the back of a 20 dollar bill and give it to your president.
If you have an idea for a club program please contact Nancy Kemp or Christine Newsom.

The Fine Print

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Board Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at 5:30pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next Board meeting is July 20 at 5:00pm. For 2020-2021 Board Meetings will begin half an hour earlier at 5:00pm and continue on the third Monday.  Board will continue via Zoom until we can meet in person again.  Not a Board member but want to join us?  Contact Robin or reply to this Rotario for instructions.  All club members are encouraged to attend a meeting. Location subject to change, please ask.

Rotary Club of Nevada City — Established October 3, 1935

Thursday Meetings - On Zoom Until Further Notice
1st & 3rd Thursdays for Social Mixer at 5:30pm and
2nd & 4th Thursday for Lunch Meeting at 12:15pm
at The Station at The Northern Queen
400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959 Directions
Note: Lunch $14  Social Mixer $12 + BYOB — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Rotary Vision

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