Staying Connected - 5th Thursday July 30

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

5th Thursday - We are DARK - no Zoom this week!

Last December, I made the decision that I would take on the presidency of our Rotary Club for this Rotary year of 2020-2021.  At that time I knew that the office of president had some requirements and that Rotary would provide guidance and training to help me prepare for this leadership role.

Little did I know just how many sources of information there were to choose from along with the prescribed course work for club presidents-elect!  Rotary International and our District 5190 have provided a concise curriculum for those about to be club presidents, and the vast majority of this curriculum draws from on-line courses that are available to any Rotarian, free for the asking.

A large part of my president-elect training was in the form of face-to-face sessions - in Reno for District 5190 Pre-PETS and in San Jose for Far West PETS.  And this year, with uncanny prescience, Rotary chose to utilize on-line webinars and training classes to help the presidents-elect get much of the background information needed to be effective as presidents of their clubs.

After getting used to the idea of doing so much training on-line, I quickly found that these webinars and training modules were an excellent way to learn this material.  I hope you recall my enthusiasm in telling my fellow club members about the scope of rich learning opportunities available to all of us.

Fast forward to July 1 and the start of my presidency of the Rotary Club of Nevada City.  We find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, unable to meet in person, and adopting entirely new ways of staying engaged as Rotarians.  I would venture to say that our most powerful tool has been the Internet and our virtual club meetings through Zoom.

And now the prescience of offering president-elect training through on-line sources is paying dividends by allowing our District to offer continuing education to all Rotarians through the Leadership Learning Assembly (LLA).

As a participant in LLA, in the last couple of weeks I have learned recognizing Vocational Service can be a big benefit to club members and our community and about the role of the club Secretary in the leadership of the club.  Last night’s session covered leadership as a Rotarian and PDG Gail Ellingwood shared her perspective that in Rotary we are all leaders.  Coming up TODAY our fellow club member Carolyn Feuille will partner with Ramona Delmas to tell us more about opportunities in International Service.  

Today: Carolyn Feuille and Ramona Delmas will be hosting International Service - Opportunities for Worldwide Partnering - Tuesday, July  28, 2020 at 4:00 PM 

In Rotary, clubs have many ways to engage in International Service. Connecting across borders provides opportunities to partner with other clubs, create sustainable change, develop friendships and cross cultural awareness, even without a grant. For your club’s larger international projects, get clear on how global and district grants work.

Ramona Delmas and Carolyn Feuille will be presenting and answering your questions. (This session is scheduled for one hour but will continue if conversation and questions need more time)

Want to participate with Carolyn? It is NOT TOO LATE To register!  Go to District 5190 Event Calendar and click on the event you want to schedule or click the LLA icon above.

These sessions are recorded and can be viewed later if you are not able to participate in the live event.  This is just a sampling of what is available to all of us. With Leadership Learning Assembly, the District is highlighting and expanding key resources.  Learn more at Leadership Learning Assembly.

Coming August 6 Social 5:30pm
Nevada County Virtual Junior Livestock & Ag Mechanics Auction

Yes the show WILL go on for the Junior Livestock & Ag Mechanics Auction -- online August 13-15!  We are delighted that Katie & Lindsey Alling will join us at our 1st Thursday Social next week to share plans for the event. Katie Alling is Director of the Ag Department at Nevada Union. Lindsey participates in our Girls Who Code program and, with her pig "Peaches", is a 4-H exhibitor.  Together they will provide a first hand experience of what the Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics programs mean to our youth. Lindsey and fellow FFA and 4-H members dedicate much of the year raising animals of all sizes from rabbits and chickens, to goats, lambs and steer with a focus on the fair.  The annual fair is the gala culmination of their year where they bring their prized animals to show and market.

In the face of Nevada County Fair being canceled, the Nevada County Fair and our dedicated Nevada County Livestock producers and supporters stepped up to create a safe alternative to the traditional livestock and ag mechanics auctions.

Over the years, our Club has delighted in the Junior Livestock Auction and have been avid supporters. Want to bid for yourself (or group of friends) or make a donation during the upcoming auction?  Register in advance at 2020 Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction on the website.

Save the date - D5190 DG Roberta Pickett Visit

Save the date, August 20 for a visit from District 5190 Governor Roberta “Berta” Pickett. Berta has expressed a strong desire to meet with our Club in person rather than through a Zoom meeting, so we are considering a meeting where we can come together and still observe the necessary precautions of social distancing. Tentatively we are planning an afternoon Social meeting on the front lawn of Chris Newsom’s home on Cement Hill Road. 

A Board meeting will preceed the Club meeting. More details will be shared as plans for this meeting are firmed up based on State and County guidelines. 

Keeping up with Happy/Sad Bucks

Tom Ryan is tracking Happy/Sad bucks pledges each week and will invoice members monthly for outstanding pledges.  If you have not been able to join us via Zoom but have a Happy or Sad message you want to share, reply to this Rotario with what you want to share and what it is worth to you!  We will share it via Zoom and/or in the Rotario.  We have lots of $20.21 pledges coming in!  If you don't specify a $ value with your share, Tom Ryan is happy to assess his own value for you! 

Many thanks for your support and generosity!  With both our big fundraisers canceled/delayed your Happy/Sad bucks provide a base for us to continue our special services to our community and beyond.

Prez Tom

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Learn the latest on how to get tested and what reopening includes and other Nevada County updates through 

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.

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

July 30 - 5th Thursday DARK!

August 6: Social  Katie & Lindsey Alling:  Nevada County Fair Virtual Auction

August 13: Lunch  Nevada City Rotary Grant in Uganda (2008-2014) plus Foundation Mini-Moment: Dennis Geare

August 20: Social   DG Roberta Pickett Visit - watch for details

September 3: Social Shana Maziarz, Three Forks Cafe and Brewery--COVID Business Update

Feb 14, 2021:  Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE: 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. 

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. 

To be rescheduled: 

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


August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair CANCELED as of June 9, 2020; ALSO the Treat St CarHop event is not happening either.

Special Dates


 Gayle Denney 7/7     
 Tom Ryan 7/17    
 Kim Stewart 7/21     

Club Leadership

President: Tom Milam
President-Elect: Open
Past President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Tom Ryan / Walt Stickel
Public Image: Michael Young / Robin Milam
Youth Service: Nathan Leishman
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis / Susie Monary- Wilson
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard

Club Service:  Judy Soldavini/Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
International Service: Carolyn Feuille/Lynda Guthrie
Foundation: Christine Newsom/Dennis Geare
Membership: Carla Burke
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom & Nancy Kemp
Sergeant at Arms: TBD when live meetings resume

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 July 20 at 5:00pm. For 2020-2021 Board Meetings will begin half an hour earlier at 5:00pm and continue 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