Staying Connected January 13 2022


Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday January  13 - Lunch 12:15pm
Nevada County Librarian Nick Wilczek
This meeting will be Hybrid if Internet is Available.


The 2022 Opening Snowmaggeden

In the aftermath of our county’s snowmaggeden, I’ve had plenty of time to sit and read, and this month’s Rotary Magazine is excellent. Must admit I also just plain killed time with reading one of John Lescroart’s old books, The Second Chair, and liked it so much that Gayle picked it up afterward and is nearly finished. It’s great to read something that someone else also reads and be able to talk about it. That is often the case with us, regarding The Rotary Magazine.

We especially liked the section titled “What It’s Like To. . .”  that has shown up in the magazine periodically for several years. The pieces are amazingly varied and relate Rotarians’ experiences around the world as they describe doing something quite unique. A German Rotarian even won a Nobel Prize and learned about that while he was having breakfast at a restaurant when his cellphone indicated a call coming in from Sweden!

The series is called “Share Your Story,” and that title reminds me of our Rotary experience in years past when we were able to sit down for lunch, having a few minutes each week to find out what a fellow Rotarian was doing or thinking. That fellowship has always been an important part of Rotary and part of its draw for us all.

A thought-provoking piece also in the January Rotary Magazine is a piece about the immigrant experiences of two people who fled their difficult countries.  Locally, I know that several of our fellow Rotarians have had a really tough time dealing with the huge amounts of snow, downed trees, and long outages. We’ve had to cancel a Rotary meeting and a board meeting in the past week because of storm-related disruptions. But even our clobbering by Mother Nature doesn’t hold a candle to the ongoing and more dangerous challenges of many around the world. Rotary connects us all.

Nick Wilczek ~ Nevada County Librarian

Speaking of reading, our program speaker this week is Nevada County Librarian Nick Wilczek.  Nick has been County Librarian since June of 2020.  He says “My favorite part of working at the library is serving the community and getting to know folks.  The creativity and dedication of my coworkers inspire me every day.  I’ve read all of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels, am currently working through the 28 volumes of Lone Wolf and Cub, and think that everyone should take a few minutes to read the poem Stone by Charles Simic. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, being outside, and practicing my cooking skills.  I’m a fan of University of Kentucky basketball, professional wrestling, and music with twangy guitars.”   A timely program — We can extend a personal thank you as our local libraries has served a critical need as Community Resource Centers for those without power and internet through this snowmaggeden,

I hope you all will finally have prevailed after this weather onslaught, and I look forward to connecting with you either in person or on the screen on Thursday.

Los Barriles Projects

COVID strikes again! Nevada City Club’s annual service project in Los Barriles is suspended for this spring. Our colleagues in the Los Barriles Rotary Club have just informed us it’s not safe to go to Baja Sur for the next month or two.  The Omicron Covid virus has hit the region hard with between 40-60% of residents infected.  Very sad news for us and especially for the people in Baja Sur. Our colleague and friend, Chris Geyer, will join Carolyn Feuille in announcing the decision to suspend our service project at  this Thursday’s meeting.

A tough decision given the community holds a very special place in the hearts of our Club. 

Bright Futures For Youth Free Food Bag Giveaway January 24-27

In the summer of 2020 Bright Futures For Youth was created with the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO (New Events and Opportunities).  These two organizations help and provide much needed services to the youth in Nevada County.  
A Free Food Bag Giveaway Project is being offered which is a new effort to meet the critical need of food for some youth and their families in BFFY.  Interfaith Food Ministry is providing the food for these food bags.
We have been asked to provide volunteers to help hand out food packages from Monday-Thursday on January 24-27, from 5:30-7:30.  Package distribution will be in the hallway of the 3rd floor of the Litton building.  Nancy Kemp is coordinating to provide 2 volunteers per evening from our Club.

A big thank you to the teams:

  • Mon (Jan 24):  Gayle and Cathy
  • Tues (Jan 25): Tom R and Ken
  • Wed (Jan 26): Chris and Carolyn
  • Thur (Jan 27): Lynda and Nancy

Recycling bins around town

We have collected over 675 lbs — well beyond our 500 lbs in 6 months goal — 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 Dave (and Tom)

Photo Credits:  Nevada County Library,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

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

Jan 20-Social: 5:30pm HYBRID 5:30pm Stuart Baker, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

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

February 3: Social HYBRID: 5:30pm Co-Presidents - White Elephant Gifts

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

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

Special Dates


 Carla Burke 1/13   John Woodford and Janna 1/1

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 17 at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  (Moved to third Monday because of storm.) 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