Staying Connected - February 11 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday February 11, 2021 - 12:15pm Lunch

 Brett McFadden- Update on NUHS during pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic has been felt by every member of our community, but possible hardest hit are the youth, with most face-to-face schooling suspended, activities halted, and no certainty for when life can return to something like it was before the Pandemic.  In our program this Thursday, we will hear from Brett McFadden, who will update us on the current status in Nevada County schools.

Brett W. McFadden was appointed superintendent for the Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD) effective July 1, 2018.  With more than 25 years of education policy and leadership experience, Brett is recognized statewide for his expertise in school finance, governance, and effective administration and leadership of TK - Adult instructional programs. 

When the COVID pandemic shutdown our community in March 2020, Nevada Union shifted to "distance learning."  Brett sought ways to accommodate limitations of internet availability throughout our county, food distributions, and many other considerations.

Our Club has done so much over the years to support education and youth programs -- all of which have been curtailed this year.  We hope to be able to resume all our youth-related programs very soon.

Membership - we want to hear from you

Cathy is collecting your Membership Surveys. If you have not yet had a chance to complete and return your membership survey, please take a few minutes to do that now.  Your Club leadership team truly values the input of all members as we plan for the coming year.  Please return directly to Cathy or to

Can't find your email, click 2021 Membership Survey to download and complete your survey.

Canned Food Drive and Restaurant Raffle - Saturday February 13

Grocery Outlet delivered the 1,800 can pallet of vegetables to the Food Bank last week. The Union joined Nicole McNeeley when she thanked Nevada CIty Rotary for our donation and talked about our Food Drive this coming Saturday February 13. See Helping one another: Rotary Club to host food drive for Food Bank of Nevada County. This is a lot, this will make a huge impact in the community, McNeely said to the group of Rotarians, adding that the donation would help feed families for a month’s worth of drive-thru distributions."

On Saturday, we will take the next step in our support of the Food Bank and those in need in our community with our canned food drive-through drop-off.  The weather forecast is a bit iffy for Saturday afternoon, with a possibility of some rain, but we will not let that deter us.  Please wear your mask, maintain safe social distancing and join us. We will set up between 12:00pm - 1:00pm and open for donations between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. 

Our reigning Hungry Games Chef Jason Jillson from The Ham Stand will draw our lucky raffle winner ticket. Learn more at Canned Food Drive and Raffle Drawing. Also click for printable flier.

NC Rotary Canned Food Drive and Raffle February 13 2021

We will be drawing the original 2020 tickets!  We have all of the drawing stubs for tickets purchased for March 2020 and will be selling the remainder of these same tickets!  If you are holding unsold raffle tickets, or want to buy or sell additional raffle tickets, please contact Robin. Ticket inquiries can be sent to And yes!  We are getting requests for raffle tickets!

A maximum of 100 tickets will be sold for our Winner Takes All Drawing for 12 fabulous local restaurants!

Upcoming Rotary Events of Interest

RIPN Jennifer Jones - February 13, 2021

Whether you plan to come to the canned food drop-off event or not on Saturday afternoon, you can start the day with an on-line presentation featuring Jennifer Jones, Rotary International's first woman President Nominee.  This promises to be very interesting and informative, not to be missed.

District 5190 RALLYE Week May 1-8, 2021

Join us for RALLYE 2021! Add some more JOY to your Rotary JOurneY, and prepare to cruise into the year ahead, and most of all, come celebrate the opportunity to be together with our Rotary friends and be inspired by world class speakers. This year's District Conference and Leadership Learning will be held virtually on the weekend of May 1-2 and May 8. An awesome opportunity to celebrate our Rotary year, learn more about Rotary. Click the icon to learn more and to register!

Rotary: Climate & Peace Initiative - February 15, 2021

Rotary's new focus on protecting the environment is inspiring action around the world.  Learn from leading climate stategists with Rotary's Climate & Peace Initiative address Climate strategies - Beyond Politics.  A virtual event Monday February 15.  Click to register. Note US Pacific time is 12:30pm Feb 15

Panama Virtual International Project Fair 

One more virtual International Project Fair from Panama, February 18-20 To register, visit

Please contact Carolyn Feuille if you have questions:

Stay in the Know With Nevada County Vaccine Rollout

If you are wondering about how and when to get your COVID vaccine, Nevada County has provided a way for you to get the latest information sent to you as soon as it is publicized. All that you need to do is send a text to this six character number 898211 and only include the message VACCINEINFO and you will receive information and updates from Nevada County Public Health related to COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada County.

For information on the Tiered Vaccinate Nevada County plan, visit MyNevadaCounty Get Vaccine Information.  Bookmark this page for updates on where we are in our local vaccine rollout. If you have questions about which vaccination tier you fall into, call 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 to speak to a local call center agent, 24/7 in English or Spanish.

Hear Dr Kellermann in Vaccinate Nevada County Town Hall with YubaNet

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is now underway. YubaNet's Pascal Fusshoeller moderated a very informative Town Hall Meeting with Dr Scott Kellermann – Nevada County's new Public Health Officer,  Dr. Alinea Stevens – Chape De, Dr. Brian Evans – Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital along with Ryan Gruver and Jill Blake – Nevada County Health & Human Services to provide accurate information about vaccine availability, the logistics behind the effort and to answer audience questions about the COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada County. 

Who can get the vaccine and when? How will you know when you are eligible? Is it safe? Is it mandatory? Is it free? Watch the video at Vaccinate Nevada County.

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

February 11: Lunch  Brett McFadden- Update on NUHS during pandemic

February 13, 2021  Canned Food Drive and Raffle Drawing Setup 12 noon; Drive thru 1-3pm, Raffle 2:45pm

February 18  Social- Gage McKinney - Tribute Miners

February 25  Lunch- Cathy Wilcox-Barnes- Membership

March 4: Social Tracy Pepper of Color Me Human

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

March 18: Social: Mar. 18- Social- Yavuz Atila: Protecting the Environment: Rotary’s New Area of Focus and ESRAG.

March 25  Lunch: Club Speech Contest (Yes Virtual)

April 1 Social: Nicole McNeeley: The Food Bank of Nevada County

April 7 (Wednesday) Area Speech Contest

April 8 Lunch

April 15 Social

Special Dates


  Judy Soldavini 2/28     Carolyn Inglis 2/12
  Carolyn Inglis 2/28    

Club Leadership

President: Tom Milam
Presidents-Elect: Tom Ryan / Dave Denney
Presidents-Nominee: Carolyn Feuille / Chris Newsom
President-Nominee-Designate: Kim Stewart
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
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 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 February 15 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