Staying Connected - May 14 Lunch 12:15pm

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

This Week:  12:15 Lunch via Zoom
COVID19 in Nevada County with
Cynthia Wilson, Nevada County Director of Public Health Nursing

Cindy Wilson, Director of Public Health Nursing will our guest speaker this week. On the front lines of the COVID-19 preparedness and response team with our County, Cindy will share unique insights on the impact of the pandemic on our community from a Public Health perspective. As our County readies to move further towards Stage 2 reopening this week, this will be an opportunity to learn from our county leadership and answer many of your questions.

Check your email for Zoom instructions ... in fact last week's should work too! If you don't have the Zoom instructions for this week, simply reply to this Rotario email.

Another week and another Rotario, or two or three depending on what the week brings. Hasn’t Robin been doing a fantastic job of getting special edition Rotarios out to everyone so that we know what’s happening, what we are supposed to be doing or how we can actually log on to the Zoom meetings!

Last Week FUN!  Girls Who Code and Show and Tell

Speaking of logging on for Zoom meetings, we had a fantastic Mixer meeting last Thursday. THANK YOU NANCY and DAVE!!! Nancy Kemp and Dave Bunje walked us through Girls Who Code from the very beginning of an idea planted in Dave’s mind through a participant at a Tech Conference to the latest group of girls who, unfortunately are not able to meet as a group at this time. It is so uplifting to see what this program offers the girls and to know that they have Nancy as a mentor. They couldn’t be in better hands! The pictures that Dave shared brought it up close and personal as we looked back to the past (and at younger versions of ourselves) and Nancy’s Power Point gave us a snapshot of what the girls do and are learning. Anyone else proficient in Scratch yet? Nancy said the test is next week.

Show and Tell

After the wonderful Girls Who Code presentation we had our first ever Show and Tell Rotary style. It was a blast and I found out so much about our members. Did you know that Susie and John ended up in Nevada County because of an Italian ceramic? Well, not exactly but it figures into the story as does the awful San Francisco weather at a certain time of the year. Gayle delighted us with an impromptu piano recital while Dave D. had us holding our sides laughing at his magic trick. Paul Boch had Meyer lemons by the ton to offer (more like 200 pounds) and Michael Young took us on a magical, mystery tour of his studio (that is where the magic of Sgt. Funky happens).

Robin and Tom tried to share his birthday saxophone serenade but their connection wouldn’t cooperate so we may get to see it this week. Lynda had an aunt whose birth made the Chicago Tribune headlines as “white baby born among savages in Africa” – my paraphrase so ask Lynda for the correct headline. Chris Newsom knows how to pick weddings to attend. As a door prize she won an incredible painting of San Francisco (Market and ? St.) from a renowned artist friend. We also found out that Carolyn Feuille is quite an artist as well. She shared one of her latest Icon paintings which took over six months and incredible attention to detail to complete.

We all knew that Tom R. is handy with a hammer, but you should see the floor-to-ceiling armoire he crafted. And speaking of crafting, Dana Milner (soon to be new Nevada City Rotary member) crafts beer in his backyard and judging from the Zoom shot of him with his mug he drinks it there also. Some were stumped as to what it was, others had used a similar one, but Karen MacDonald clued everyone in on her great grandmother’s potato masher which she now uses as a teaching aid in her classroom. With time running short, several members opted to share the next time around. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, or we ran out of time before getting to you, or your computer just wouldn’t let you do it, we’ll plan to do it again at the next Mixer. Even if you shared this time, it is OK with me if you want to Show and Tell again!

Sending love and sympathy ...

We send our sincerest condolences to David Fluke whose wife Carol passed a few weeks ago.  Much love to David and family. 

From District 5190

Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Canceled for 2020

District wide we were saddened to announce last week that Grizzly Creek Ranch -- home to our Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) and Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership (REGL) camps -- is unable to open this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, addition to RYLA, the REGL camps scheduled for September have also been canceled for this year.

Leadership Learning

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.

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 (our ZOOM speaker for May 14) is interviewed in this video 10 minute 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

May 14:  Lunch - Cynthia Wilson, MS, RN, PHN, IBCLC, Nevada County Public Health Department, Director of Public Health Nursing (Check out her video link above!)

May 28: Lunch  Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

“Save the Date” for June 18th for Cathy's Demotion Party.  Not sure just what it is going to look like but it will be fun and mindful of social-distancing!

To be rescheduled: 

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

To Be Determined:

June 18: Cathy's Demotion Dinner

July 19 : Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE

August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair (as of April 28 still scheduled)

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


July 17: The Children's Festival, CANCELED


Special Dates


 Tom Milam 5/1   Tom and Robin Milam (yes his B'Day) 5/1
 Nathan Leishman 5/8   Wally Krill and Mary - # 72!!! 5/2
 Stacy Drake Robinson 5/23   John Hensley and Sandra 5/5

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