Staying Connected - June 11 12:15pm Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:  12:15 Lunch
with Caleb Dardick, Nevada County Relief Fund

Un-Usual Usual

It is Sunday afternoon and as I started to write this Rotario I was thinking that “unusual” will need to be the new go-to term to describe things. We certainly can’t look at things and say “as usual” anymore. Take for example, the weather the last couple of weeks. One day we are in the 60’s and the next we are up to the 90’s. Friday I was digging my summer t-shirts out and today I’m digging my sweatshirts back out again. As I drove through town yesterday the Broad Street overcrossing was crowded with people holding up various signs expressing their views. Friday Carolyn Inglis and I exchanged telephone calls and emails as she worked on signage for our “mask giveaway.” Did we think as we started this Rotary year we would be doing mask giveaways for a Community Service project? Did we even think it six months ago? I had it firmly in my mind that everything “usual” is gone and we have entered the “unusual twilight zone.”

But as I reflected on things, I had to change my mind. Who am I kidding? The weather at this time of year is always ricocheting between temperature highs and lows like a pinball game gone nuts. For one reason or another, crowds are always gathered on the Broad Street overcrossing letting their views be known by holding up signs. A mask giveaway, maybe not what we have done for Community Service before but still a need for the community that our Rotary Club has seen and is filling just like we always do. Another usual event with an unusual twist – an upcoming Demotion Party and a new, energetic President ready to step in and take us to new heights. It’s true we have a few more uncertainties as we transition into Tom Milam’s 2020-2021 year but I’m excited to see where things go. Our Club has always been resilient. When we lost our meeting space, we found another. When we had unexpected financial problems, we tightened our belts, increased our giving and came through stronger in the end. Lately we have faced in-person meeting restrictions that we have never faced before. But, as always, we got creative and dove into a new way of meeting via Zoom. During these “unusual” times, our Club, as USUAL, is adapting and thriving. Yes, we are an Unusual Usual Rotary Club and I am so proud of each and every one of you for making us that way!

COVID-19 FREE Mask Give Away

This Saturday June 13 from 10am to 12noon, Nevada City Rotary will partner with Masked Warriors of Nevada County for a Free Mask Give Away at Dave's Auto Repair, 747 Zion St, Nevada City.  We will honor social distancing and wear masks distributing free masks for two hours or until we run out.  Please RSVP to this Rotario or contact Carolyn Inglis if you want to participate.

“What is it? Where is it?”

I hope you have been paying extra close attention to some of the details on buildings and things around town. Who knows when you’ll be asked “What is it? Where is it?” again.

This Week:  12:15 Lunch with Caleb Dardick, Nevada County Relief Fund

Nevada County Relief Fund Announces $210,000 in First-Round Grant Awards  For this week's Lunch Zoom, Caleb Dardick, Project Administrator in the County Nevada County's CEO's office will give 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.

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.

Caleb Dardick is a long-time Nevada County resident who moved to our community when he was only 8 years old. Throughout his career Caleb has worked in public relations and public affairs consulting for business, political and nonprofit clients before serving as executive director for the South Yuba River Citizens League from 2011 to 2017. Caleb is the son of former Nevada County supervisor and disability rights activist Sam Dardick. You may recall, when Cathy hiked the Camino Santiago, Caleb shared his father’s story as a polio survivor on a moving video as part of our End Polio Now campaign.

Join us and learn how the generosity of our County and Community working together is helping non-profits and small businesses.

Preparing for the Year Ahead

Combined 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Board Retreat Monday June 15
5:30pm via Zoom

PE Tom Milam is inviting outgoing and incoming Board Members and Committee Chairs to participate in a Leadership Planning Retreat via Zoom Monday June 15 at 5:30pm until no later than 8:00pm.  Board members, watch for details and agenda. June 15 is our normally scheduled Board Meeting. 

Check your email for your dues invoice! 

As we noted last week, 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"!

Invoices were sent last week by our incoming Treasurer Tom Ryan from our new QuickBooks Accounting System.  If you have not seen yours, please contact Tom directly.  Many thanks!

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

Chris Newsom MD created a very insightful video on "What Covid Has Taught Us About Our Planet" with Brad Miller MD for 350 Placer. Watch now. Both Chris and Brad are medical professionals who have a deep understanding of the impacts of climate change and our environment on our health.

Here is the 2 minute video on the Mountain Bounty Forever Farm project that Robin attempted to show last week.

Reflections from Inner Space

Innergreg publications, Mar 10, 2020

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

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)

Greg Geare has advanced degrees in philosophy, psychology and world religion.Greg worked for 24 years in Child Protective Services in Los Angeles and Humboldtcounties. This collection of poems is an attempt to be a sincere atheist. Not an easy task.who is 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 and be safe.

Your President,

Cathy W-B

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

June 11: Lunch 12:15pm Nevada County Relief Fund with Caleb Dardick, Project Administrator, County of Nevada

June 13: 10am-12pm Free Mask Give Away - Nevada City Rotary partners with Masked Warriors of Nevada County at Dave's Auto Repair, 747 Zion St, Nevada City.  Contact Carolyn Inglis.

June 15: 5:30pm-8:00pm Leadership Planning Retreat via Zoom Outgoing and Incoming Board and Committee Chairs with PE Tom [Virtual BYOB and snacks...]

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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. Or reply to this email and request assistance!

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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 on Monday June 15, 2020 with be a Leadership Planning Retreat via ZOOM for Outgoing and Incoming Board Members and Committee Chairs!  Starting July 20, Board Meetings will begin at 5:00pm 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