Staying Connected - Lunch April 23 12:15pm

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

This week: Zoom with Bob Branstrom - An Optimist’s View of Climate Change

Join us Thursday for our Zoom "Lunch" meeting with Bob Branstrom speaking about "An Optimist’s View of Climate Change”.  With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow, the timing of Bob's presentation is perfect. He will also give a few insights on the relationship between COVID-19 and Climate Change. We so appreciate Bob agreeing on short notice to be with us on Thursday. Please check your email for Zoom access.

Bob trained as a social scientist, and pursued his interest in individual and group decision making with bachelors and master degrees in economics and a doctorate in cognitive psychology. He has also taken numerous courses in physics, chemistry, and biology. He is a long-time supporter of the National Center for Science Education and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He also served on the American River College Foundation Board of Directors, where he supported their initiative to build a new STEM building.

Saturday April 25: Leadership Learning Kickoff with DGE Roberta Pickett

Then this Saturday, join DGE Roberta Pickett on Zoom for the Rotary 2020-2021 Kickoff. Click the Leadership Learning icon to go to the District calendar and choose a time on April 25 to register.

Only a month ...

It’s hard to believe that it has only been a little over a month since Governor Newsom issued the shelter-in-place order. March 19th to be exact. To some, including me, it seems like it’s been months or years already. Schools have closed for the remainder of the year and students are learning online. Businesses are shuttered or doing curb-side pickup. Movies are streaming rather than showing at the theater. Our meetings are Zooming, as we peer at each other in small boxes on the screen and wish we could be chatting face-to-face. But we are adapting and, in some ways, benefitting from this new way of life. Long put off household chores or projects are being completed. Members are attending meetings online who normally can’t join us at regular meetings. Time has been freed up to reconnect with friends and family that sadly, in “normal” times are relegated to a card or infrequent telephone call. In lots of ways and for lots of business owners, employees, students, etc. the shelter-in-place sucks but – embrace the suck and try to find joy in the quieter times and CONNECT or RECONNECT with family and friends!

Our service continues through Board leadership ...

We continue to hold our monthly Board meetings and our Board members are still actively working for you during this time. John Wilson, Nathan Leishman and Walt Stickel are staying on top of RYLA for this year. Walt even volunteered to be a counselor. John reported that a decision will be made by May 1st on whether they will have RYLA camps this year. Carolyn Feuille has been in touch with both of our Twin Clubs (Los Barriles, Mexico and Atsana, Kazakhstan) to see how we can be of service. She is helping Los Barriles find ways to gather donations through District 5190 for their food bank and other needs at this time and she, Nancy Kemp and others will be taking part in a Zoom meeting with members from the Open World delegation that visited us.

Carolyn Inglis is busy promoting ways for us to continue to exercise Service Above Self in our community by writing cards and letters to Hospice clients and residents of care facilities in our area. She has also found ways for members to help with getting materials, sewing or delivering masks for medical and essential workers in Nevada County (see April 16 Rotario for details). Robin Milam has been busy working on ways to present District leadership training classes online rather than as originally planned at RALLYE this year (see yesterday's Rotario for registration). The two Toms (PE Tom Milam and PP Tom Ryan) are working on finances, membership and getting things ready for the transition to Tom M’s term. The “new-norm” has made it difficult for some of our Board to do as much as they would like. It’s hard for Stacy Robinson to sit down with potential members when we’re not allowed to meet up and sit down. Carla Burke has been forced to keep up with the Treasurer’s duties via telephone calls rather than our regular sessions at her dining room table. For Judy Soldavini, Club Service has been put on hold as she waits to see how the Demotion Party might or might not happen.

Chris Newsom and Nancy Kemp continue, even with the new club format, to work on bringing us excellent programs each week. A big shoutout to both Bob Murley and Lynda Guthrie for your excellent talks! This week with Bob Branstrom is perfectly timed. Nicole Dillard has managed to review scholarship applications and make awards, even with limited access to the students and the schools. Not an easy job when you must do it all via computer or telephone. Michael Young has been spending his time continuing to work on details for the Hungry Games. With things changing daily it is hard to know whether we’ll be able to hold our event, even at the postponed date but, Michael is making sure if we can, we’ll be ready to go. He encourages everyone to keep supporting the restaurants that make our event possible.

Dennis Geare continues to keep us on track with his knowledge and steadying hand. He also continues to guide District 5190 as our Ethics Chair. I know I can always count on him when I’m having to make difficult decisions! As always, Robin continues to put out our award-winning Rotario. She makes it visually appealing and keeps it packed with all the need-to-know information so that you can all stay informed, involved and CONNECTED.

There are lots of things to worry about during these times. Your Rotary Club is NOT one of them. Rest assured it is in good hands with your Board and we will emerge from this stronger, more committed than ever. In the meantime – stay safe and stay CONNECTED.

Check your email for Zoom instructions ... in fact last week's should work too! We will also resend those instructions on Thursday morning.  If you don't have the Zoom instructions for this week, simply reply to this Rotario email.

Curbside and Home Delivery Shopping

Several have asked for this information again, so we will keep this section in the Rotario for a while.

Able Carts shops for you at SPD and/or Briar Patch then delivers to your door. Tyler's phone number is 530-277-5964 and their email address is . Learn more online at  We understand other stores have delivery services.  Please check with your other favorite grocers for online and delivery services.

The Union has an article entitled Special delivery: Area businesses providing pick-up, take-out, delivery service

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Click Federal Cares Act to learn more about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Question and Answers Nevada County just published this FAQ complements of Cal OES and Rep McClintock. 

Cindy Wilson, Director of Public Health Nursing is interviewed in this video 10 minute video on what is Corona Virus? What can I do to protect myself? What do I do if I have symptoms.  You may find it informative:

Follow Nevada County updates through The County published a helpful Shelter in Place FAQs by the County of Nevada

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


April 23: Lunch Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”

April 25: 10:30am, 1:00pm or 4:00pm Leadership Learning with DGE Roberta Pickett - register by picking a session on April 25 at

To be rescheduled: 

  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Nancy Kemp:  Update on Girls Who Code
  • Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

April 24-26:  RALLYE - District 5190 CANCELED

To Be Determined:

May 7:  FUN Social

May 14: Lunch

May 21 Social: Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!

June 18: Cathy's Demotion Dinner

July 17: The Children's Festival, 9am - noon and 5pm - 8pm Pioneer Park, Nevada City

July 19 : Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE

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


Special Dates


Walt Stickel 4/1        
John Hensley 4/11     

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 Monday May 18, 2020 via ZOOM!  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