Staying Connected March 17, 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday March 17, Social 5:30pm 
RI General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International, John Hewko
This meeting will be ZOOM ONLY!!


As we have begun to settle back in to live, in person meetings at the Litton Building, we are going to step back this week and have a Zoom only meeting so that we can welcome our speaker,  Rotary International General Secretary and CEO, John Hewko. John Hewko has a distinguished career well before his RI leadership.  While working in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Hewko assisted the working group that prepared the initial draft of the new Ukrainian post-Soviet constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv. He will be speaking to us about what is happening in Ukraine and Rotary’s presence there. 

As an expression of gratitude for John taking the time to speak to us and in support of Rotary’s efforts in Ukraine our club will be making a donation in his name to support those efforts.  If you would like to make an additional personal donation there is a brief article below with a link to the RI Disaster Response Fund where you can make that happen.  Any donation that you make to the fund will be credited towards your annual giving.  Many thanks to all of you who are banding together in support of providing relief to those in need and to the ideal of peace and a better world for all, you are taking action.

Locally, our scholarship committee has identified three students who have applied for and are being granted  scholarships from our club.  Two in the amount of $750.00 and another in the amount of $1,500.00.  In addition, at last night’s board meeting the committee asked for and received funding to grant an additional $1,500.00 scholarship to a very deserving college bound student from our community.

Carolyn and Chris have returned from PETS and are actively putting their board together and busy making plans for next year’s activities.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions or a burning desire to be of service in any avenue of service or program the club is involved in I’m sure that they would be most happy to hear from you. 

There is a lot going on around town that you are invited to participate in. Sunday, March 27, Rotary Honors People of Action celebrating those who stepped up during the pandemic and made life for all of us not only bearable but in many instances possible, at the Miner’s Foundry. So, sign up and join the party. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to 530-802-6501 or email to like the flyer says below.

We need some signups for a few volunteers to help out at our area wide, Saturday, April 2, Lithium Ion Battery collection project from 10am-2:30pm.  If you have a few hours to help out, contact Nancy Kemp.  And then there is that huge party, celebration and recognition event known as District Conference going on in Tahoe, April 29 – May 1.  I hope to see many of you there.


How you can support Ukrainians


In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for Rotary members around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.

Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.

Make a special donation or designate your annual donation to the Disaster Response Fund, Polio Plus, or Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation.

Join the Celebrations

Area 4 Rotary Clubs are hosting Rotary Honors People of Action Sunday, March 27, 2022 from 4:00-6:00pm. Honoring Our Local Police & Fire Departments, Educators, Medical Professionals, and Grocery Workers.  Tickets are $25 at the door with a No Host Bar, small plates and appetizers.

Lithium-Ion Battery Products Recycling

Contact Chris Newsom to volunteer! 

Sign up for District Conference and let’s have a party in South Lake Tahoe.  

Click to Register

Our Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY) Partnership is Expanding

We are looking forward to partnering with 49er Breakfast Rotary to renovate buildings that will serve as Bright Futures for Youth's new NEO Youth Center. However the project is on hold while

We also have another opportunity to hand out Food Packets next week:

  • Monday, March 28* - Thursday March 31st. 

In our meeting room in the Litton Building from 5:30-6:45pm.  
*Monday, March 28 ONLY 3:45-4:45pm.

If you are interested in signing up for any of those slots please contact Nancy ASAP in case we need a backup.

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. 

REMINDER - Please send in your 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.   As always, payments go to Nevada City Rotary, PO Box 74, Nevada City, CA 95959

Thanks for sharing you and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck pledges to our Club!

Recycling bins around town

As of this week, we have more than tripled our original goal of 500lbs by April 1 with 1,655lbs.  Briar Patch alone has exceed our goal with 610 lbs and AJA is almost there with 458lbs!

Check out Briar Patch Food Co-op's latest edition of The Vine for a fun story and photos of our Plastics Recycling at the Patch! Flip to pages 24-25 for the article.

Add your clean stretchable plastics to other bins around town - Briar Patch, B&C, the Library, Restore, Peace Lutheran, Nevada City and Wolf Creek/Grass Valley CoHousing.

Read more on what can and cannot be collected at Nevada City Rotary TREX Recycling Program.

Stay connected and informed

Robin monitors our email. You can direct questions to that email or to your Club Presidents. 

CoP Dave (and Tom)

Photo Credits: Rotary International, District 5190, Bright Futures for Youth, Redwood Materials, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

March 17: Social ZOOM ONLY 5:30pm  - John Hewko, Rotary International, General Secretary & CEO

March 24: Lunch Hybrid 12:15pm Sierra Harvest -  Aimee Rentzler

March 27: Area 4 Community Awards Celebration:  Rotary Honors People of Action
4 - 6pm, Miners Foundry

March 31: Dark

April 2: Lithium Ion Product Recycling - Litton Building Parking Lot - Contact Chris Newsom

April 4: Lunch 12:00 noon Area Speech Contest Grass Valley United Methodist Church

April 7: Social Hybrid 5:30pm  John Katis, Gold Country Senior Services Organization

April 14 Lunch Hybrid 12:15pm Shannan Moon - Nevada County Sheriff

April 20 Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by 49er Breakfast Rotary

April 28: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

June 16: Demotion Party at Chris and Bill Newsom's Home

Special Dates


Dennis Geare 3/04   Chris Newsom and Bill        3/18
Carolyn Feuille 3/06   Stacy Drake Robinson and Dave 3/30
John Woodford 3/07    
Lynda Guthrie 3/16    

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 March 14  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. — 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