Staying Connected - January 14 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday January 14, 2021 - Back to the 12:15 Noon Hour! 

Amigos de Guatemala with Lynda Guthrie and Jean Herschede

While our main focus as Nevada City Rotarians is support of our local community, support of international programs is a high priority with our club reaching out with our work in Los Barilles and with our sister club relationships with Los Barriles in Mexico and Astana in Kazakhstan.

Carolyn Feuille, as our Club International Service Chair and the District 5190 International Service Chair, has kept us informed on several International Service opportunities, most notably the International Project Fairs coming up in the next few weeks.

This week Lynda Guthrie, International Service Co-Chair, will partner with Jean Herschede to tell us about a project in Guatemala that has grown from a small start to become a partnership of many Rotary clubs.  Here is a brief introduction to “Amigos de Guatemala”:

Amigos de Guatemala is a partnership of twenty Rotary Clubs -- including Lynda's former Club of Healdsburg -- that provides humanitarian service projects in the Quiche district of Guatemala.  The Clubs host a “hands-on” project each January/February and support an educational sponsorship program in Zacualpa, Guatemala.  For the 2020 school year, 65 scholarships were awarded to indigenous Mayan middle and high school students who would not have the opportunity for an education. Over 72% of these students are female when just ten years ago not a single girl finished elementary school.  With a literacy rate of 10% for women and 15% for men, having an education means providing for their family while still maintaining their culture.

Founded by Bob and Jan Hatmaker, the program began in 2003 with the Rotary Club of Groveland, CA building a school kitchen for a small Maya community (Jaibalito in Lake Atitlan). What the Rotary Club of Groveland began required the support and partnership of other Rotary clubs to continue.

In 2004 Amigos de Guatemala began to focus the majority of their services in the area of Zacualpa, Guatemala.  They partner with the Association for Development in Zacualpa non-governmental organization – ADIZ-NGO.  Since 2004 Amigos de Guatemala has completed over 20 major school development projects in the area of Zacualpa as well as assisting with their local medical needs.

In 2014 Amigos de Guatemala incorporated in California as a not for profit 501c3 corporation in an effort to expand its reach to those underserved in Latin America.

Jean Herschede, Director has always had a fondness for Latin America from having been an exchange student to Brazil. Her career in software consulting had her working in various locations “south of the border.” Always wanting to give back, particularly with a focus on education, Jean has been involved with Amigos de Guatemala since 2010.

Let’s have a conversation about leadership! with DG Berta and PDG Gail Ellingwood

What is leadership with DG Berta and PDG

Welcome one and all! Calling anyone and everyone who is interested in leadership in general or thinking about personal leadership development.

Starting next week - January 20, 2021, PDG Gail Ellingwood and DG Berta Pickett will hold an “open leadership conversation" for anyone interested in learning more about leadership in general (not necessarily leadership for Rotary). Our commitment is to meet via ZOOM approximately every other week, on alternating days and times, since we know not every day or time will be convenient for all.

Next Wednesday, 1/20/21 at 10 am, will be our first conversation, our first get-together.  Each call will focus on a different aspect of leadership. Visit District 5190 Events Calendar for access information.

PDG Gail and DG Berta would like you to join in once, twice, or every time!

Visit A Conversation about Leadership for schedule and more details.

Coming SOON ~ Travel Free 2021 Virtual International Project Fairs

The Panama Project Fair just moved to February! So next month, we have the unique opportunity to participate in two virtual Project Fairs. Both FREE Fairs on ZOOM!  Even travel is free ... it's not even required!  A wonderful cultural exchange learning how project fairs work from the comfort of your home and with no travel expenses. 

Register for one or both upcoming Project Fairs:

Please contact Carolyn Feuille if you have questions:

RIPN Jennifer Jones - February 13, 2021

Over the years, Rotary has progressed from an organization that was all male to an inclusive organization that welcomes men and women of all races and nationalities.  And now the Rotary governing body has nominated the first woman as Rotary International President.

Jennifer Jones will be coming to visit (virtually) with our District 5190, giving us an opportunity to find out more about her and to hear her ideas on the future of Rotary.

Grab a cup of coffee and join us for this exciting event with Rotary International's soon to be first woman President! FREE 1- HOUR VIRTUAL event on Saturday February 13.   Please register by clicking below.

Around our Community

Dr. Scott Kellermann is our newly appointed Nevada County Public Health Officer and will be our guest speaker on February 4, 2021. He will be speaking to the COVID vaccine program and community outreach.  A number of you participated in the Nevada County Flu Clinic last fall.  As the County rolls out the COVID vaccine we can expect similar clinics. Scott has reminded us that to volunteer to support clinics, volunteers need to be registered at 

Our Club has known Dr Kellermann for many years through our partnership with the initial Uganda project to bring clean water and medical care to the Batwa people.

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.

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

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

January 21: Social Brooke Dunn and Gaby Perez Albarracin: Red Cross Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults

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

February 4: Social  Dr. Scott Kellermann, Nevada County Public Health Officer - Update

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

Feb 14, 2021:  Hungry Games is being rescheduled.  Your Board is looking at when/how to handle the 2020 Raffle.

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

Special Dates


  Carla Burke 1/13   John Woodford and Janna 1/01

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
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 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 January 18 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