Staying Connected - July 23 12:15pm Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:  Thursday July 23 at 12:15pm
 Mountain Valley Child and Family Services ~ Nevada City with Dan Petrie

Join us for a presentation about Mountain Valley Child and Family Services and their residential ranch located on 1,000 beautiful acres just outside Nevada City. Dan Petrie,Executive Director will present how Mountain Valley offers educational and behavioral change programs designed to help boys and girls move beyond destructive life patterns. 

Dan Petrie started working with foster children in a group home in Quincy California in 1985 when he was 18 years old.  He shares, "The ad in the paper made it sound like a lot more fun than working in the country store!  It turned out to be true; it was a great job for me. I bonded with the kids quickly and really enjoyed my time with them. It was full time and that meant 54 hours per week with sleepover shifts 4-5 nights per week.  After 18 months working with these kids, I realized I was meant to do this work.  I changed my major to Psychology and transferred to Sacramento City College and then went on to Cal State Sacramento for my Bachelors and Master’s Degree."  Dan (center) is pictured with Dick and Dan Milhous, founders.

Dan began working with Mountain Valley in January 1987 in Sacramento and has served in many capacities working with both the girls and boys programs in Sacramento and the boys ranches in Nevada City. In 2000, Dan assumed the Senior Program Director role over residential programs. In 2015, Dan was selected by the board of directors to replace the founder, Dick Milhous as Chief Executive Officer. 

"I am proud of the programs that we have developed over the past 52 years and very blessed to have been able to work directly with all the founders in the Milhous family and learn from their lifelong experience of serving children with special needs and welcoming them into their homes.  Today we do our best to carry on the Milhous family tradition of caring for special needs children, creating the most homelike atmosphere possible and treating them with the same level of care, nurturing, and respect that we would our own children."

"It is what is in your heart that counts."

Last week Chief Ellis shared his vision and direction for Nevada City Police Department. As he talked about Nevada City Police, the P.O.S.T. program and recruiting for officers, he made a very salient and defining point. Training can provide tools and techniques but "It is what is in your heart that counts."  He would prefer to be able to bring recruits on board for a week or so before hiring to experience the character of the recruit and how that person relates to other officers and our community.  He also shared the importance of the collaborative relationship the Nevada City Police department shares with County social services, other law inforcement services and fire departments in implementing a strong community service oriented strategy.

Chief Ellis has indicated that the Police Department currently has a hiring freeze. Our Board has approved carrying over plans for the P.O.S.T. scholarship into later this year for the right timing of the awards.

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 home on Cement Hill Road.  A Board meeting will preceed the Club meeting. More details will be shared as plans for this meeting are firmed up based on State and County guidelines. 

Leadership Learning is adding new programs

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! This year’s theme Rotary Opens 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.

NEW:  Carolyn Feuille and Ramona Delmas will be hosting International Service - Opportunities for Worldwide Partnering - Tuesday, July  28, 2020 at 4:00 PM: 

In Rotary, clubs have many ways to engage in International Service. Connecting across borders provides opportunities to partner with other clubs, create sustainable change, develop friendships and cross cultural awareness, even without a grant. For your club’s larger international projects, get clear on how global and district grants work.

Ramona Delmas and Carolyn Feuille will be presenting and answering your questions. (This session is scheduled for one hour but will continue if conversation and questions need more time)

To register, go to District 5190 Event Calendar and click on the event you want to schedule.

We are a Vocation and Family Friendly Club

I want Nevada City Rotary to be recognized as a Vocation and family friendly club. If you proud of a successful project or slick new deal, share some happy bucks and tell us what is going on with your business or profession.  Or if you are disappointed by what happened or didn't, share with us. Likewise, we are open to bragging about loved ones and their vocations. 

Last Saturday, Stacy Graham did a fun and inspiring Vocational Service In Rotary Zoom-inar for LLA.  Passionate about Vocational Service and Rotary, she reminded us how important it is for us to recognize our own Rotarians, family and colleagues in their vocations and grow Rotary!  The session is now online. Click the image to watch it. 

Note, this link is set advance to 20:06 to start with introductions by Nicole and then DG Berta Pickett and the main portion of her highly interactive presentation.

Keeping up with Happy/Said Bucks

Tom Ryan is tracking Happy/Sad bucks pledges each week and will invoice members monthly for outstanding pledges.  If you have not been able to join us via Zoom but have a Happy or Sad message you want to share, reply to this Rotario with what you want to share and what it is worth to you!  We will share it via Zoom and/or in the Rotario.  We have lots of $20.21 pledges coming in!  If you don't specify a $ value with your share, Tom Ryan is happy to assess his own value for you! 

Many thanks for your support and generosity!  With both our big fundraisers canceled/delayed your Happy/Sad bucks provide a base for us to continue our special services to our community and beyond.

Prez Tom

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 23: Lunch Mountain Valley Children's Services 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

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. 

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

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