Staying Connected - December 17 Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday December 10, 2020 5:30pm Social

2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival: A Virtual Festival Experience with Jess Swigonski, Festival Director

SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 19th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place January 14-24, 2021 as an entirely virtual experience. Presented online, the festival will still bring together another incredible selection of films to change your world.

Each year, Wild & Scenic draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators, and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. This year’s virtual experience will allow attendees from around the globe to join us for much of the same great programming Wild & Scenic has become known for.

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture and more.

Equipped with a degree in Film Production and a natural affinity for the outdoors, Jess’s work with one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals has absolutely been a dream come true. Originally from Erie, PA, Jess moved to California after graduating from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) in order to work for Wild & Scenic Film Festival as the Filmmaker Liaison. Jess has now transitioned into the role of Film Festival Director, taking the lead on creative content for the film festival and curating the film sessions that you will see at the event.

Her greatest passion is social and environmental justice; coming in close second is watching films. With a background in communications focusing in documentary film making, Jess has always been intrigued by the stories of individuals, communities, events, creatures, places that often go untold. Jess feels honored to be a facilitator for the telling of some remarkable, vital, and timely stories.

Holiday Celebration ~ Festive Fun & Frolic!!!

Ho! Ho! Ho! For jolly ol' Santa Claus!  He made it to our party along with a well decked out crew of Rotarians and partners plus guest Rotarians DG Roberta and DGND Stacy Graham. PP Dave and Janet Bunje joined us from Studio CIty! We'll include a few photos in next week's Holiday edition!

Treat Street T-Shirt Fundraiser - for Fair and Vendors

To show appreciation to you, the organizations of Treat Street, the Fairgrounds will be running a Treat Street t-shirt promotion during the next few weeks, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Treat Street organizations.

These cool “Treat Street fanatic” t-shirts are now on sale for $12 ($20 if shipping is requested) and with each shirt sold, $6 will go to the Treat Street nonprofit of the buyer’s choice, i.e could be Nevada City Rotary!, and $6 goes to the Fairgrounds. 

Here’s how it works

If an individual wants to purchase t-shirts, call the Fairgrounds office at (530) 273-6217 and specify color choices and sizes, the organization they’d like to support, and credit card information. We’ll process payment and have it ready for curbside pick-up at the Fairgrounds Office. Color choices are charcoal or army green and both come in sizes XS to XL. For those who order four or more t-shirts, we’ll throw in a surprise gift from the Fairgrounds. Colors/sizes are very limited, so please help us spread the word soon to your network of members and supporters.  Once the promotion is over, we’ll send checks to those organizations that were selected/supported by t-shirt buyers.

This makes a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer, so please feel free to share widely to support our Club and the Fair!  Colors/sizes are very limited, so order soon.

Ready for an Adventure? Go a Virtual Rotary Safari

Here is a Virtual African Safari for you to go on! All for the cost of whatever donation you choose. What a creative idea!

The Rotary Clubs of Polokwane* D9400 South Africa and
Monterey Pacific D5230 USA
Invite you to a Wonderful Wildlife

Virtual Charity Concert
Saturday, 19th December at your leisure
Tickets: Your Donation

DG Roberta shares, "It's a cool fundraiser so I thought it might trigger some ideas for you/your club, as well as a fun thing to watch and enjoy on 12/19, starting at 9 am." For more information and how to participate visit: or Virtual Rotary Safari Concert flyer.

* Polokwane is in Northeast South Africa.

December Mask Give Away

The need for masks is still very real.  However, our plans for a Mask Give Away last week shifted with the Stay-At-Home order.  Susie and Lexis are looking at whether Mask Warriors have channels who could use the masks now or we reschedule after the new year.  In the meanwhile, we hope you and your loved ones are well and are finding safe ways to stay connected especially through the holiday season.

Virtual International Project Fairs

Good news! We have the unique opportunity of participating in virtual Project Fairs in this Rotary year.  The fairs are on Zoom and open to all Rotarians, at no cost.  This arrangement is ideal for learning how project fairs work without leaving the comfort of your home and with no travel expenses.  So, take advantage!  Given the recent double hurricanes hitting Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, Rotary's focus and assistance will never have been more important.

The two forthcoming project fairs in Rotary Districts 4250, 4240, and 4271:

  •  Uniendo America, January 28-30 in Panama City
  •  February 5-12 in Medellín, Colombia

Registration and project details from the fair organizers are forthcoming.  Stay tuned!!

Please contact Carolyn Feuille if you have questions:

Rotary Mid-Years Dues are Due

We are rapidly approaching mid-point in our Rotary year!  For those of you who chose to pay dues in two increments, your balance of $85.50 ($171 / 2) is due before January 1, 2021.  Watch for an invoice from Treasurer Tom amd please pay promptly.

Your Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Thank you Treasurer Tom Ryan for your ongoing diligence with our finances.  And thank you Club members for following the Four Way Test with your pledges to our Club!  If you have questions, Tom R is happy to discuss your statement with you.

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!

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.

Prez Tom

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

Note, due to our Holiday Celebration schedule the ALL December Meetings are 5:30pm Socials!!!

December 17: Social  SYRCL’s Virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2021 with Jess Swigonski, Director

December 24 - Dark Christmas Eve

December 31 - Dark New Years Eve

January 7: Social Mary Ann Davis, author: Nevada County Wine

January 14: Lunch Lynda Guthrie and Jean Herschede: “Amigos de Guatemala”

January 21: Social Brooke Dunn-Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults

January 28: Lunch Chris Newsom, M.D. and Brad Miller, M.D.: “COVID-19 and Climate Change”

Feb 14, 2021:  Hungry Games, Being Revamped - Miners Foundry 

March 11: Lunch:  "Days for Girls" with Ramona Delmas of Bishop Sunrise, and Lynda Guthrie/ Carolyn   Feuille

Special Dates


       Dave and Janet Bunje #50! 12/12

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: Cathy WIlcox-Barnes
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!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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 December 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