Staying Connected - December 23 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday December 23 - Happy Holidays
No Meeting ~ We are DARK

Tis the season for hope, peace, love and sharing. 

Sounds like any other week here in our Rotary Club, but this one has a bit more of a special feeling to it as the entire community and the whole world is putting up lights, decorating trees, exchanging gifts and reaching out with cards and letters to those near and far offering everyone the happiest of holidays with prospects for a healthy and prosperous new year.  This is the season that everyone gets to feel what it’s like to be a Rotarian.

The big news on our upcoming club calendar is our first meeting of the new year on January 6, 2022.  That is the day that we will gather for our regular first meeting of the month club social.  The big difference is that we will be continuing the season of giving with our own White Elephant Gift Exchange.  This is a no stress, no shopping event that even gives you a chance to repurpose that gift that you’d rather not be seen with or one from years past that’s hidden up on a shelf or buried in a drawer for fear that company might stop by and see it and think that you actually bought it.  Just wrap it up, you can even reuse some of this year’s present wrappings, put a bow on it and bring it along.  If for any reason you can’t make the meeting in person, we will be hybrid and you can participate from home, but we will have more fun if we’re all together.

On a sad note, we lost our treasurer and community service director as John and Susie have made the decision to move on from their Rotary experience and devote more time to their travels and many other giving opportunities that they are involved with.  While we wish them well and look forward to seeing them around town when they are in town, they leave a giant hole in our club leadership and administration.  But fear not, the irrepressible and indomitable, Walt S, has stepped forward to collect your money, send your invoices, write our checks and keep our beans in order.  And in a blink the very esteemed, efficient and always charming, Nancy K has offered to take over the community service position and continue on organizing and signing up volunteers to continue all of our community activities including working with the Food Bank, Health Clinics and Friendship Club.

Los Barriles Projects

With much regret, we are announcing that the District Healthy Water Project set to take place next spring is no longer an option at this time. This unexpected development in our plans is due mostly to the serious impacts of COVID on residents in rural areas of Los Barriles, Baja, Mexico and subsequent impact on the sustainability of the project.  And, yes, this is, as John Hensley wrote, a big bummer!

This obviously impacts our club’s annual project in conjunction with the Los Barriles Rotary Club.  Carolyn has inquired as to what potential project would be most appropriate now and is waiting for an answer.  We may be needed to help with health screening, as before, or with the construction of a baseball park.  As soon as the work session is specified, Carolyn will call a meeting for everyone interested in participating. We can also finalize a date. The announcement most likely will be made the first week of January or possibly sooner.  

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation statement on COVID-19 vaccination

If you are interested in the official Rotary International position on COVID-19 vaccinations you should click on this link and read the RI and TRF COVID-19 Vaccination letter from Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta and The Rotary Foundation Chair, John Germ.

White Christmas in the making

According to the Weather Channel it looks like we could be in for a White Christmas.  Should that come to pass, or not, know that I am conjuring up all of the love and light that I can muster and sending it to you to share with those you hold nearest and dearest for a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season and an abundant New Year.

Recycling bins around town

We have collected almost 450 lbs of plastics!!! Add your clean stretchable plastics to our bins around town - Briar Patch, B&C, the Library, Restore, Nevada City and Wolf Creek/Grass Valley CoHousing or bring them to Robin at our hybrid meetings. 

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.  Walt has just distributed the December invoices. Check your email for yours!

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

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: - ArtzyBee and Gerald ALtmann,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

December 23: DARK  

December 30: DARK - 5th Thursday

January 6: Social HYBRID: 5:30pm Co-Presidents

January 13: Lunch HYBRID 12:15pm Nevada County Librarian Nick Wilczek

January 27: Lunch HYBRID 12:15pm Co-Housing 101 - Bob Miller

February 3: Social HYBRID: 5:30pm Co-Presidents

April 20, 2022, Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by 49er Breakfast Rotary

Special Dates


 NO December babies     Paul Bock and Sonja 12/29

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

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 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 January 10 at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  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