Staying Connected April 7, 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday April 7, Social 5:30pm
Jon Katis, Gold Country Senior Services Organization - Honoring Aging
This meeting will be Hybrid!!

We did it. 

Last Saturday around forty or so Rotarians gathered in the parking lot of the Litton Building after a couple of months of plotting, planning and organizing and had a really good time.  A party wasn’t what all of the organizing was all about, it was to provide an opportunity for the community to have a place to bring its old lithium-ion batteries so that they could be recycled into new and usable rechargeable batteries. 

While we didn’t collect as much as we had hoped for, that’s only because we always set our goals really high.  We did manage to fill up a couple of 55-gallon barrels provided by Redwood Materials, the company that will actually do the recycling, and their representative, Sonja, seemed pleased with the results of our first-time effort. 

No doubt it will happen again as the word gets out that a very necessary ingredient in rechargeable batteries, lithium, is mostly mined in the most destructive manor possible to the planet and the labor is usually preformed by underpaid children or slave labor and all the while the largest deposit of lithium in the world can be found in junk drawers right here in our country.

The event itself was a success but the biggest success was the fellowship that always breaks out when a bunch of people with a mindset of service above self gather together.  The highly charged atmosphere while collecting dead batteries that would live again spurred endless conversations sharing ideas, thoughts and experiences that will form the groundwork for many projects to come where we will gladly join together again and again to serve our wonderful community while hanging out, having fun and fueled by Cathy’s cookies.

Many thanks to all of the members in all of the committees from all of the clubs that sort out the logistics that make these projects happen.  I am often humbled by seeing how much is accomplished when we all put differences aside and pull in the same direction.  At the same time there is no reason not to take great pride and satisfaction in all of our accomplishments. Read more about the Lithium Ion Recycling project in Rotary Showcase.

I for one have been recharged collecting dead batteries and I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Stay tuned.

Jon Katis, Gold Country Senior Services Organization - Honoring Aging

This week at our in person hybrid meeting, Jon Katis will share a modern day jewel whose vision is Honoring Aging in Nevada County.  Gold Country Senior Services, Inc. provides essential programs that meet the basic needs of seniors living in Western Nevada County. GCSS ensures older adults have nutritional meals, warm homes, social interaction and a greater sense of security.  Meals on Wheels, Senior Firewood, Pet Food Pantry Program, World Healing Day in Nevada City … and so much more!

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Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Your Happy/Sad shares give us glimpses of what is going on in your life beyond Rotary.  They are special moments together especially since so much of our time is on Zoom.  Your associated "bucks" provide a base for us to continue our special services to our community and beyond. 

REMINDER - Please send in your Happy Sad/Bucks

You will not be billed for your Happy Sad/Bucks pledges.  We ask that you track your own pledges and submit your payment at the end of each month.  Here is a Happy/Sad Bucks tracking form you can download and use to track your pledges.   As always, payments go to Nevada City Rotary, PO Box 74, Nevada City, CA 95959

Thanks for sharing you and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck pledges to our Club!

Recycling bins around town

As of this week, we have more than tripled our original goal of 500lbs by April 1 with 1,723lbs.  2,000 lbs is on the horizon!!!

Check out Briar Patch Food Co-op's latest edition of The Vine for a fun story and photos of our Plastics Recycling at the Patch! Flip to pages 24-25 for the article.

Add your clean stretchable plastics to other bins around town - Briar Patch, B&C, the Library, Restore, Peace Lutheran, Nevada City and Wolf Creek/Grass Valley CoHousing.  And we are adding Wild Birds Unlimited!

Read more on what can and cannot be collected at Nevada City Rotary TREX Recycling Program.

Stay connected and informed

Robin monitors our email. You can direct questions to that email or to your Club Presidents. 

CoP Tom (and Dave)

Photo Credits: District 5190, Redwood Materials, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

April 7: Social Hybrid 5:30pm  Jon Katis, Gold Country Senior Services Organization

April 14 Lunch Hybrid 12:15pm Shannan Moon - Nevada County Sheriff

April 21 Thursday evening IN PERSON Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by 49er Breakfast Rotary

April 24 Sunday 1:00pm  Allan Rogers Memoriam at Historic Odd Fellows Cemetery in Pine Grove Cemetery, Park Avenue Extension, Nevada City, followed by Ice Cream Social at Odd Fellows Hall

April 28: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

June 16: Demotion Party IN PERSON at Chris and Bill Newsom's Home

May 26: -Lunch 12:15 - April Shirley - Interim Health  Care

Special Dates


Walt Stickel 4/01     No love birds this month!  
John Hensley 4/11    

Club Leadership

Co-Presidents:  Tom Ryan & Dave Denney
Presidents-Elect: Carolyn Feuille & Chris Newsom
President-Nominee: Kim Stewart
Past President: Tom Milam
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Walt Stickel
Public Image: Walt Stickel
Youth Service: Kim Stewart
Vocational Service: Gayle Denney

Club Service:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Nancy Kemp
Environmental Sustainability: Chris Newsom
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Foundation: Lynda Guthrie
Membership: Dennis Geare
Program Chairs: Chris Newsom & Nancy Kemp
Director-At-Large: PDG Doug McDonald

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 second Monday of the month at 5:00pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next meeting will be March 14  at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  (Moved to Tuesday to enjoy Valentine's Day with loved ones!) We intend to do a Zoom link for anyone who cannot participate in person.  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 at Litton Engineering, 3rd Floor, 200 Litton Drive, GV
1st & 3rd Thursdays for Social Mixer at 5:30pm and
2nd & 4th Thursday for Lunch Meeting at 12:15pm

Watch Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID above for scheduling changes.

*The Board is still sorting through logistics and related food costs with our new venue.
Announcement about new plans will be made when we return to serving food regularly. — 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