Staying Connected - July 9 12:15 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:  Thursday July 9 at 12:15pm
Gifts to the World through the Rotary Foundation
With Christine Newsom

Happy Birthday America!

Our country has a fascinating and diverse history, full of many little-known happenings.

For those of you who enjoy the challenge of quizzes to test your memory of our country’s history, here are a few links to web sites that will definitely challenge your memory:

As we celebrate the 244th birthday of our country, I am thankful for all the wonderful things we enjoy as Rotarians and residents of Nevada County.

We are fortunate to be a part of a community that boasts numerous organizations dedicated to serving those in need, both in our community and the world.

Gifts to the World ...

Our Rotary Club has a long history of service to youth, to students through scholarships, to our local and global community, and to the greater Rotary organization through Polio Plus and support of the Rotary Foundation.

This week Foundation Chair Chris Newsom will focus on Gifts to the World through The Rotary Foundation. Chris will introduce Rotary's seventh new Area of Focus Supporting the Environment and share the "Power of Light" story of TRF's recent environmental project among the Diné people on a remote Navajo reservation here in the US.  Chris will also give us personalized instruction on how to find your own Paul Harris Fellow status information through the website. Don't miss what will be both inspiring and personally instructive. 

Next week we welcome as our guest presenter Chief Chad Ellis of the Nevada City Police Department. Chief Ellis will speak about the P.O.S.T. program that our Rotary Club is supporting through a scholarship to two police officer trainees.

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.  Special thanks to our immediate Past President Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, who worked with Chief Ellis to determine how our Club could be most effective in supporting Nevada City and the Police Department.

Saturday July 11 Free COVID Mask Giveaway

This Saturday we will host our second Free COVID Mask Giveaway.  We have 200 masks donated by Robin's brother Drew and plus more from Nevada County Mask Warriors.  We are scheduled for an hour  from 10am-11am or until we run out at Dave's Auto Repair.  A big THANK YOU once again to 49er Rotarian Dave Robinson for the generous use of his business property.

Kazakhstan COVID update

Since June 25 both Lyazzat and Elina, and a few members of their families, have come down with the virus.  They are now regaining their health.  Kazakhstan is doing very poorly with the increasing spread of the virus. The country is under lockdown again.

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.

From our Members

We understand Walt Stickel spotted Cathy on the Tribute Trail bridge last week.  He convinced her not to jump by assuring her Nevada City would not press her into a 3rd term for the coming year!   That means someone else really needs to step up as President Elect!

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.

Hungry Games II - Happy 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.  July 19 was coming too fast so looking at our options we chose Valentine's Day!  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. 

From District 5190 - Leadership Learning

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 9:  Lunch "Gifts to the World through The Rotary Foundation" with Chris Newsom

July 11: Event  10 -11:00am Free COVID Mask Give Away at Dave's Auto on Zion Street across from SPD

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

August 20: (Lunch/Social TBD)  DG Roberta Pickett Visit

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!


July 17: The Children's Festival, CANCELED

August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair CANCELED as of June 9, 2020

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

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 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