Staying Connected - August 27 12:15pm Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:

Thursday Aug 27 at 12:15pm

Such a Treat!  Treats Ice Cream with Peggy Wright

Life in the Fast Lane!

Last week was certainly not a dull, boring time!

We started the week with the threat of wildfire moving toward Nevada City and Grass Valley, with a number of club members and many of our friends evacuating to avoid the dangers of the Jones Fire.

Much of the week was spent monitoring the progress of the fire and the efforts to control the blaze to as small an area as possible.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of all involved, the Jones Fire was contained to just over 700 acres, and though we were saddened by the loss of homes, the impact to Woolman campus, and our historic Independence Trail, our firefighters were able to keep the blaze from devastating the community.

DG Berta Presented Quiet Rotarian and Heart of Service Awards

On a much cheerier note, we had our club meeting with our District 5190 Governor Berta Pickett on Thursday.  DG Berta brought us up-to-date on what is happening in our District 5190 and in Rotary International.  She included personal insights about RIPN Jennifer Jones.

Berta then made a couple of very special presentations, to our club’s “Quiet Rotarian” and the new “Heart of Service” award.

The "Quiet Rotarian" award is to recognize someone who has worked hard and provided special assistance to our club without expecting recognition. This year’s recipient is John Wilson, who has done so much for our club and our Youth Service programs. Thank you and congratulations, John!

The “Heart of Service” award award is to honor someone in our club who consistently gives of their time to serve club members, who volunteers for almost every project and every club activity or event, and who promotes the good things that Rotary does wherever they go.  The recipient is Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, who exemplifies “Heart of Service” in all her thoughts, words, and deeds.  Thank you and congratulations Cathy!


DG Berta, thank you for “visiting” our club (next time let’s make it an in-person visit) and sharing your time with us.  Thanks also to our Area Governor Lindy Beatie, who helped coordinate the DG visit.

On the home front

As things settled down at the end of the week - the danger of fire was contained and evacuees could return home - we had a chance to relax a bit and take stock of our current situation.

  • In our club, we have several members who went through the dislocation of evacuation.
  • We have club members that are presently taking some time away from the club to focus on their families during the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Some club members are dealing with health-related issues, and I ask that all of you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Treats Ice Cream and Peggy Wright

Our program for Thursday’s meeting is a sure bet to bring a smile to everybody’s face - Peggy Wright will join us to talk about her Treats Ice Cream Store!  I don’t know about you, but I’m very likely to drive to Nevada City for an ice cream cone when the meeting is over.

Nevada City Rotary and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presented the Business Persons of the Year award to Bob and Peggy Wright of Treats Ice Cream during the Nevada City Chamber Awards and Installation Dinner, Saturday Feb. 1. Read more about our Celebratory Scoops!


PDG Doug McDonald and the District Membership team are hosting a Membership Seminar on August 26 at 5pm. Click to register at

You'll meet the District Membership Team, and New Member Attraction Chair Richard Forster, Member Retention Chair Pete Hochrein, and New Club Extension Chair Dave Bianchi will each share information about the resources available to clubs to attract and retain Rotarians. You can get questions answered and establish on-going contact with knowledgeable district leaders who are available to help your club grow and serve!

We hope you can join us. You might take a look at and become familiar with the resources available at, as we will be referring to them during the webinar.

The LLA sessions are recorded and can be viewed later if you are not able to participate in the live events.  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.

Your 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.  Thanks for sharing you!

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19 and Fire Season

Nevada County has activated its new Ready Nevada County Dashboard with the Jones Fire to keep our community informed.  If you have not discovered it yet, visit and click the Nevada County Update Banner - Jones Fire in Nevada County.

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

August 27: Lunch 12:15pm Peggy Wright, Treats Ice Cream

September 3: Social 5:30pm Dave Cowie, Three Forks Cafe and Brewery--COVID Business Update

September 10: Lunch 12:15pm Our On To Uganda Grant - Nancy Kemp and Gayle and Dave Denney
plus Foundation Mini-Moment: Chris Newsom

September 17: Social 5:30pm - Jon Gresley from the Truckee Rotary - Project Fairs

September 24: Lunch 12:15pm

October 1 - Social 5:30pm - Shelly Covert - California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)

October 8: Lunch 12:15pm Pascale Fusshoeller from YubaNet

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!



Special Dates


 Dave Denney 8/20   John and Susie Monary-Wilson *  8/8
      Jack Dinwiddie and Marty 8/31

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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. Or reply to this email and request assistance!

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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 September 21 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