Staying Connected - 3-21-20

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.

It was great talking to almost all of you last week. For those who got messages on your voice mail I’m sorry I missed chatting with you in person to see what’s up. A big thank you to all who replied to our Staying Connected Rotario. Keep reading to see your words of wisdom below. Hopefully we are all doing OK and staying calm and busy. The last time I was confined to my house for so long was when I had my concussion and broken leg. This time is definitely more productive for me. I’ve taken advantage of my cleared calendar and cleared things out of my closets, cupboards and drawers instead. Who knew children’s cough syrup would still be on the “high” shelf where curious minds and hands couldn’t reach it (my grandson Aidan is now 6 ft. 4 in. so a “high” shelf doesn’t exist anymore)!

Times are certainly unpredictable right now. The calendar says Spring but the weatherman and Mother Nature are saying “not so fast.” We want to get on with our normal routines, but Covid-19 and the Governor are saying “not so fast.” So as hard as it may be to stay sheltered-in-place or out of your daily routine, let’s take this opportunity to learn to take life in the “not so fast lane” for now and just look forward to the mystery of what may unfold day by day. Unpredictable can be good for us. It can shake us out of our normal rut and open our eyes to new ways of doing things. Think of some creative ways you can spend the time and share them with your fellow club members. Above all, stay safe and well and stay connected!

Thought for the Day as you prepare to go to the store:  They said everyone should wear masks and gloves to the grocery store. They lied.  Everyone else had clothes on!!!

Words of Wisdom from YOU across the ether!

Great Rotario for this week. !!   Thanks  for your energy and creativity!   Hope we can meet in person next week. ~ Ron & Nancy Knaus

Smile everyday is what you make it.  I love to see smiles on everyone's faces good times, sad times and bad times.  It can all be positive in time.

Time heals All - Smile, ~  Carla Burke

Opportunity for reflection and self-improvement. Dennis Geare

Dave and Gayle check in from Kauai: where instead of an abundance of snow, there was an abundance of rainfall, again flooding parts of Hanalei.  But we are up on a bluff in Princeville, so do not participate in the flooding. We are self-isolating, having given up everything/everything has given up on us, including local Rotary meetings, Gayle’s weekly mah jongg and ukulele class, eating out, etc.  So far, our new passion is Rummikub which we found in our own games chest and didn’t even know we had. The challenge continues each afternoon.

Thanks, Cathy, for your very creative email Nevada County Rotary meeting.  It was one of the best ever, and the food was over the top. . .Gayle and Dave Denny

When I took on the responsibility to be our club’s president for the next Rotary year, I was looking forward to new challenges and opportunities.  Little did I know!

Spring has arrived (as demonstrated by Mother Nature’s snowy message).  Let’s all take full advantage of the opportunities ahead for us, and let’s look forward eagerly to getting back together face-to-face. 
PE Tom

I found your call and Rotarian very interesting, informative and above all very rewarding. We do need more uplifting thoughts and positive attitude especially at this time. The fellowship expressed by the many projects of this club are one of the reasons why I am so proud to be a member, even though father time limits my activities. I do often attend club activities, in spirit if not in person.

My membership in Rotary started in 1970 so I have been to meetings at Eddies Broiler, The Coach House, The National, to mention a few. The current spirit of the whole club is wonderful to see and certainly ranks among the best ever. Enthusiasm is indeed contagious. Keep on keeping on!! 
Wally Krill

Susie and I are about to take part in a Pilates class on YouTube. There are so many classes, concerts, presentations, music of all kinds, etc. that you can find on YouTube for free either on your TV if you have streaming or on your computer. John Wilson

Checkout The 20 Best Pilates YouTube Workout Videos You Can Do Right in Your Living Room

The two I've done are: and

Wish I could say I did it as easier as her but the days when I could do the lotus position in a headstand are long gone! Cathy W-B

Robin added a tips from Winnie:

Susie Monary-Wilson provided a link with instructions on how to use Zoom for a meeting.

Dear Ones,

Thank you for including me in this wonderful meeting! I miss you so! We’re doing alright all snug in homestay, pampered by two sons determined to keep their “elders” safe. And watching/reading a lot of news :) Here is a bit of wisdom that gives me a boost. ~ Dave Bunje

“We are all first responders.” 

“We are a city of angels.”    ~ Mayor Eric Garcetti

PS: I have an account with ZOOM which could be used to facilitate a video conference meeting, EXCEPT that it is being used Thursday noon for the Rotary Club of Granada Hills. However, the 5:30 Social Hour would be a possibility.

PPS: Other uplifting and instructive quotes in this season:

“In the face of a virus, only the conventional feminine approach of mutual care is useful.”  ~David Roberts

“Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”  ~Rav Yosef

The corona virus didn’t just appear. It came out of wildlife trafficking and the bushmeat trade. Future emerging infectious diseases, 60% of which tend to be zoonotic (from animal to human), are caused by our increasing imposition on nature through degradation, climate change, and the wildlife and pet trade.”  ~ Paul Bunje

“Nevada City Rotary: Social bonding in the midst of physical distancing.”  ~ Dave Bunje

May this early First Day of Spring 2020 give us Hope for the peaceful days ahead. Pearce Terry Boyer

We love and miss you all and hope everyone is healthy and safe.  Besides our normal routine of work and “distant learning” school, Parker is keeping busy with Solitaire and John is his normal happy (especially after Fred’s take out, first two photos).  Before ski resorts closed we had a chance to spend last weekend at a family friend’s cabin and had a special time.  The boys (Peyton and Parker) got to try out a unique ski sled (pictured inside the condo) as well as a traditional seld towed behind John’s truck.  We are grateful for health and each other during these trying times.    With much love,  Amelia Barrett with John, Peyton, Parker, and Nelson (the mini Labradoodle)

Amelia Barrett's boys

Impressive! Way to go Nevada City. Staying connected. Having fun.  It reminds me of the old saying: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”   DGE Berta Pickett

I just attended your Rotary(E)Mail meeting!  What a Great Meeting! Very clever!   Thank You so much!  Stay in, stay safe, and Stay Well!  DGN Anita Daniels

That’s great!! How fun!!  Lindy Beatie (AG/PV Rotary)

This is great! So creative and you all look like you’re having so much fun. Ginny Lewis, Rotary District Executive Assistant

Word for the Day 3/20/2020: You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming. ~ Pablo Neruda

Even with the snow and home-stays, spring is here and daffodils are blooming.  Big virtual hugs to all!
Robin Milam

Curbside and Home Delivery Shopping

A quick reminder to all, you can get groceries from SPD delivered to their door by Able Carts. Tyler and Kevin presented to our Club last year. Tyler confirms he and their team are staying in business while also keeping their more vulnerable staff safe and out of the public. A great way to support them would be to partner with neighbors and other nearby Rotarians when placing orders and deliveries. Tyler's phone number is 530-277-5964 and their email address is . earn more online at

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

And don't forget The Ham Stand.  According to Facebook: Free roll of TP with every 20 dollar purchase at the ham stand. Don’t forget to support local in these trying times!!!

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

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 - Postponed, Canceled and Planned:

March 26: Lunch DARK Through at least April 1

To be rescheduled: 

  • Bob Murley-  ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know”
  • Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk

March 28: Young Musicians Concert 2:00pm Area 4 Rotary and MIM Music Concert CANCELED

April 24-26:  RALLYE - District 5190 CANCELED

To Be Determined:

April 2: Social Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”

April 9- Lunch- Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”

April 16: Social: Nancy Kemp:  Update on Girls Who Code

April 23- Lunch Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

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


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.  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