Staying connected - Meeting April 9, 2020

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

We are delighted to be hearing from our Nevada City Rotary expanded community!  Please do keep in touch... simply REPLY to this Rotario email. 

Is cabin fever starting to have you wish you were on the moon or somewhere beyond?  Join us Thursday, April 9 at 12:15pm on Zoom for a very special treat as Bob Murley shares what it takes to get to the moon.  Hear his behind the scenes information and personal insights on: 

The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know
Zoom Lunch Meeting with Bob Murley

Bob Murley was working at Douglas Aircraft Company during the lead up to the first Saturn V launches. Saturn V was an American human-rated super heavy-lift launch vehicle used by NASA between 1967 and 1973. The three-stage liquid-propellant expendable rocket was developed to support the Apollo program for human exploration of the Moon and was later used to launch Skylab, the first American space station.(Wikipedia, Saturn V.) Douglas Aircraft built the S-IVB third stage rockets that which blasted the Apollo astronauts to the moon. 

Bob will share a unique insider's view on ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know”.

Photos from NASA and Pixabay.

What you may not know about Bob:

I graduated from Drexel University in 1967 as a math major. There were no computer science majors back then, but my career started out in computer science and remained there for life.

My first job out of college was with Douglas Aircraft who had the contract from NASA for the third stage of the Saturn V rocket. This was just 5 months before the first unmanned launch of the Saturn V occurred. I was always interested in the idea of space travel, and considered my self very lucky to be able to start my career in the Apollo Program.

During my professional life I worked for IBM, Raytheon, Sony, and a number of smaller companies, and finished my career as an employee and consultant at Apple.

Along the way I’ve done private piloting, skydiving, tennis, and a dismal attempt at golf, among other things. I have two children and three grandchildren.

I married Carolyn in the year 2000, a great start to the new millennium. I now look forward to a delightful retirement with her.

Check your email for a private Zoom meeting invitation from Saturday night. We will also resend those instructions on Wednesday (tomorrow).  If you don't have the Zoom instructions for this week, simply reply to this Rotario email.

I’m hoping we can have more members login or call in to the meeting. In the meantime, send those book titles in, accept PE Tom’s challenge and Make a gift to The Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund in response to COVID-19 and stay safe, sane and well.

Want to view our view and highlights from our April 2 Zoom Social?  Go to Staying Connected 4-4-2020.

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 9 Zoom at 12:15pm:  Bob Murley: ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know” 

April 16 Zoom Social at 5:30pm: Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk

To be rescheduled: 

  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”
  • 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

March 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.

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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 April 20, 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
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
(Formerly Trolley Junction Restaurant)

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