Staying Connected - July 16 5:30pm Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:  Thursday July 16 at 5:30pm
Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis and the P.O.S.T. Program

Once again the Rotary Club of Nevada City has supported our community with another successful COVID-19 mask give-away! On Saturday July 11, we had a great turnout of Club members (and a spouse or two) to assist with our second mask give-away.  Many thanks to Carolyn Inglis (and Mike),  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Tom Ryan, Chris Newsom, Carla Burke, John (head signman!) and Susie Monary-Wilson, Lynda Guthrie, Judy Soldavini, Dave and Gayle (who came in the form of a donated sewing machine) Denney, Stacy Robinson, Nicole Dillard, Tom and Robin Milam who came to the event! Lexis LaRue of Nevada County Masks partnered with us as the Mask Superhero.

Ready for customers

For our second mask give-away, we were able to correct some of the things that could have gone more smoothly during the first give-away in June, with the result that we had a well-coordinated flow of cars into Dave Robinson’s station.  With two lanes available, we kept a steady flow of cars moving and were able to make a lot of people very happy with their free masks.  We received numerous comments about how much our efforts are appreciated!

In addition to giving away hundreds of masks, we collected donations to support Nevada County Masks organization.  We collected over $375 as cash donations, which went directly to Nevada County Masks to support their work.  Lexis estimates that for every Dollar donated, they can produce two masks.

Gayle Denney donated a sewing machine that will be put to good use making more masks.

The Union sent their multimedia reporter Elias Funez and freelance reporter Lorraine Jewett to cover our event.  There is a great photo spread on their "top story" on-line version of the Union Mask giveaway: Nevada County Masks and Rotary Club of Nevada City distribute facecoverings.

Pascale from YubaNet also came by to say thanks for our support of the community,  She posted a note and great photos on YubaNet Happening Now  and  YubaNet's Good News Group on Facebook.

Prez Tom recorded the event on video.  The intent is to create a 2 to 3 minute video that will be posted on our Club site and the District 5190 site showing Rotarians at work in this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will provide more information once the video is edited.

Speaking of Community Service, welcome Susie Monary-Wilson to our Club Board as Co-Chair Community Services with Carolyn Inglis.

Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis and P.O.S.T.

This week we have Nevada City Police Chief Chad Ellis visiting us to talk about the POST program and our partnership. This is a great example of our Club identifying a need in the community and stepping up to find a way to meet that need. 

Chief Ellis has been a part of our community since high school. He graduated from Bear River High School and went on to attend Sierra College and Yuba College Police Basic Academy. After graduation he worked for Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.  In February 2008 he joined Nevada City PD and was recognized as officer of the year in 2009. He served as the first Nevada City police detective in partnership with Grass Valley police department.

After three years as a detective, Ellis was promoted to sergeant and was tasked with the supervision of employees on patrol, computer systems management, scheduling and the agency’s training regimen. During that time, Ellis received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management, attended Nevada County Community Leadership Institute and currently holds his POST basic, intermediate and advanced certificates. In 2015, Ellis was honored by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, receiving the Public Safety Commitment Award.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 2018.

Next week we will have Dan Petrie from Mountain Valley Child and Family Services/Milhous Boys Ranch telling us about this long-established community resource.

Gifts to the World ...

Last week Foundation Chair Chris Newsom shared  Gifts to the World through The Rotary Foundation. View the video of the "Power of Light" story of the Rotary Club of Dorango Colorado's recent TRF project among the Diné people on a remote Navajo reservation here in the US.  Thanks Chris for also giving us instruction on how to track our individual giving through The Rotary Foundation on

We are getting more information on the solar lights for possible local projects. 

Hungry Games II - Happy Valentine's Day 2021 

July 19 is this Sunday ... Seeing gatherings were not going to happen in July we looked at our options with our partners  chose Valentine's Day!  Be sure your friends know we postponed again and that 2020 tickets will be honored in 2021. Save the Date for a really special Valentine's Day treat as Hungry Games II is now landing on February 14, 2021. 

In the coming months we will regroup and reconfirm raffle participants and many other details.  For now, Miners Foundry, Sgt Funky, The Ham Stand and our Club are lined up for a fabulous celebration. 

Save the date - D5190 DG Roberta Pickett Visit

Save the date, August 20 for a visit from District 5190 Governor Roberta “Berta” Pickett. Berta has expressed a strong desire to meet with our Club in person rather than through a Zoom meeting, so we are starting to plan a meeting where we can come together and still observe the necessary precautions of social distancing. Tentatively we are planning an afternoon Social meeting on the front lawn of Chris Newsom’s house on Cement Hill Road.  More details will be shared as plans for this meeting are firmed up based on State and County guidelines. 

Please be current and financially responsible!

Thanks to all who have mailed in your dues!   We have now launched the new year ... if you have not paid your dues please connect with Tom Ryan.

Prez Tom

2020 Rotary Virtual Convention is NOT OVER!

Videos of General Sessions and Featured Breakouts are available now, just click the RI Convention icon. Also note, inspiring breakout sessions will continue into July to help start the Rotary year off right. Learn more and register at July Breakouts.

From District 5190 - Leadership Learning

Stacy Graham did a fun and inspiring Vocational Service In Rotary Zoom-inar on Saturday.  Great ideas on how to recognize our own Rotarians, family and colleagues and grow Rotary! 

Have YOU checked it out yet?  The purpose of the Leadership Learning Assembly (LLA) is to prepare our club leaders, board, and all our club members – new or seasoned - for the 2020-2021 Rotary JOurneY ahead!  It is sure to be exciting! This year’s theme Rotary Open Opportunities challenges us to adapt to a changed and changing environment and affirms continuous learning and continuous improvement as the way to stay on top of the wave of change around us. This virtual program is self-paced and requires self-motivation. You can choose the modules you want to take! Learn more at Leadership Learning Assembly.

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Learn the latest on how to get tested and what reopening includes and other Nevada County updates through 

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.

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

July 16: Social  Chief Chad Ellis, Nevada City Chief of Police - POST scholarship and Police news

July 23: Lunch Milhous Boys Ranch with Dan Petrie

July 30 - 5th Thursday DARK!

August 6: Social 

August 13: Lunch  Nevada City Rotary Grant in Uganda (2008-2014) plus Foundation Mini-Moment: Dennis Geare

August 20: Social   DG Roberta Pickett Visit - watch for details

September 3: Social Shana Maziarz, Three Forks Cafe and Brewery--Covid Business Update

Feb 14, 2021:  Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE: VALENTINE'S DAY 2021

To be rescheduled: 

  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!


August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair CANCELED as of June 9, 2020; ALSO the Treat St CarHop event is not happening either.

Special Dates


 Gayle Denney 7/7     
 Tom Ryan 7/17    
 Kim Stewart 7/21     

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: Carla Burke
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom & Nancy Kemp
Sergeant at Arms: TBD when live meetings resume

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 July 20 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

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