Staying Connected January 20 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday January  20 — Social 5:30pm
Stuart Baker, Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
This meeting will be Hybrid if Internet is Available.

News from Global Scholar Evani 

It has been a while since we have checked in with our Global Scholar so I sent her an email and thought that this would be a good place to share her response.

Hi Tom,

Thank you for checking in. I am doing well. It has been a busy couple of weeks with traveling and getting back into the rhythm of research. I sincerely apologize for the delay and for missing your email sent back in November. I hope things are going well with the environmental sustainability Trex project that has come out of the club. It's also uplifting to hear about the ongoing work that the club is doing with volunteering at flu and COVID shot clinics.

I am so sorry to hear about the snowstorm. 17 days without power is crazy. I am glad to hear that everyone is okay and in good health….


Hi everyone,

I hope everyone at Rotary is keeping well, and wishing you all a good start to 2022! Thank you for your patience. Below I share some personal and professional updates.

Personal update: 

My visit to India during the December holidays was really lovely. It was nice to spend time with my cousins in Mumbai. My parents also flew to India, so I was very lucky to spend time with them, especially since it was my father's birthday! I also had the wonderful opportunity to do a 10-day silent meditation course in Jaipur.

In the UK, I have become involved with a couple of exciting student groups. I have joined the Cambridge Poetry and Prose Society and will be a competing poet in UniSlam, which is UK's national university poetry slam and will take place in March 2022. I have also joined No Tech For Tyrants, a student-led UK organization that researches and campaigns to dismantle violent infrastructures at the intersection of tech, ethics, and surveillance.

Research update:

I am now back in the UK and am pressing with my research. 

In December, I more clearly defined my project scope and wrote a research plan. Broadly, I am researching police use of facial recognition, which has accelerated without accountability and has yielded numerous human rights dilemmas. This issue was highlighted by the UK House of Lords’ Justice and Home Affairs Committee: “There is no clear line of accountability on what is being developed, what is being used and how people’s rights are defended when it goes wrong…The evidence that we have had is that different police forces are doing different things to different levels and standards.”

To help tackle this challenge, I am developing a sociotechnical audit that establishes a consistent mechanism to assess the extent to which police use of facial recognition is ethical and accountable. Developed for the England and Wales jurisdiction, the audit integrates technology-focused considerations (e.g.about training, accuracy, and bias) with societal considerations (e.g. about harms, human decision-making, and community oversight). 

My aim is for the audit to inform advocacy and policy, for example, for a facial recognition ban, mandated standards, or greater oversight. The key stakeholders are civil society, law enforcement, and policymakers.

Below is my general research timeline:

  • January to February: Develop the audit framework based on existing guidelines for data and AI ethics and real-world cases of police use of FRT.
  • March: Interview stakeholders to receive feedback and validation on the audit framework.
  • April: Apply the audit to real-world facial recognition deployments such as the London Metropolitan Police's use of live facial recognition.
  • May to June: Develop a research report and organize an event to present the work.

Recently, I have been working on applying to RightsCon, a leading international summit in June 2022 on human rights in the digital age. This would be a great opportunity to share my research with a broader community.

I also published a blog post on some of my learnings from my first months in Cambridge! :)

With my warmest regards,

Evani

Evani Radiya-Dixit (she/her)
Visiting Fellow, Minderoo Centre | Cambridge University
B.S., Computer Science | Stanford University

As you can see, we certainly picked the right candidate for our Global Scholar.  I sent her our meeting ZOOM info and invited her to drop in anytime.  In another exchange she said there is a good chance we might be seeing her in February.

Around Nevada City with Stuart Baker, ED Nevada City Chamber

Stuart Baker is the Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. 

Stuart has resided off and on in Nevada City since 1997 when he first discovered the town while attending California College of Ayurveda. For four and a half years he served as the Executive Director of the Telegraph Business Improvement District (TBID) in Berkeley, CA, while also serving on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. As Executive Director, Baker led a staff of twelve, worked with over 150 merchants and nearly 200 property owners while undertaking initiatives to improve area infrastructure and district aesthetics. 

Another exciting initiative Baker spearheaded was working with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to create a smartphone-enabled walking tour app that documents and shares the rich history of Telegraph Avenue. The app is so popular it is now part of the University’s orientation materials to all new students.

In Service With Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

Community Service Director Nancy reminds us that the following schedule has been filled for handing out food at the Litton Building for Bright Futures for Youth

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

TIME IS NOW 5:30-6:45  (was to 7:30)

Location still Litton Building 3rd floor.

GOOD NEWS

We also have an opportunity to hand out Food Packets from Tuesday, Feb 22- Thursday, Feb 24 AND from Monday, March28 - Thursday March 31st.  Times are currently scheduled from 5:30-7:30pm.

If you are interested in signing up for any of those slots please contact Nancy ASAP as these opportunities fill up quickly.

Recycling bins around town

We have collected over 880 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. 

What can NOT be recycled?

We are having to sort out a number of pieces going into our recycle bins such as:


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. 

Moving forward we are simplifying our accounting operations and are employing the Four Way Test individual accounting for Happy/Sad Bucks.  You will not be billed for your Happy Sad/Bucks pledges.  We ask that you track your own pledges and submit your payment at the end of each month.  Here is a Happy/Sad Bucks tracking form you can download and use to track your pledges.  The link is also available from our website under Resources in the lower left column of every web page. Some Club Members are making a month pledge to keep it simple for them.

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 news@ncrotary.org email. You can direct questions to that email or to your Club Presidents. 

CoP Tom (and Dave)

Photo Credits:  Evani Radiya-Dixit, Stuart Baker, TREX.com, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

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

February 10: Lunch HYBRID

February 17: Movie Night - Popcorn and The Story of Plastics

March 10: Lunch HYBRID 12:15pm Kimberly Parker-SNMH Foundation- Update on Foundation and Hospital

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

                    Birthdays               

                  Anniversaries          
 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

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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 February 15  at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  (Moved to Tuesday to enjoy Valentine's Day with loved ones!) 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.

www.ncrotary.org — 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

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