Staying Connected March 24, 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday March 24, Lunch 12:15pm 
Aimee Retzler, Sierra Harvest: Good food is our passion.
This meeting will be Hybrid!!

A day for everything ... even chocolate raisins!

Following weeks of watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our club’s Rotarians were very fortunate last week to have as our speaker John Hewko, General Secretary and C.E.O. of Rotary International. Thank you, Doug, for arranging this!

For those who were unable to zoom in to this very informative talk, we recorded it. If you want to view it, please contact Robin or Doug. And thank you to all Nevada City Rotarians who contributed their happy bucks and/or additional bucks to RI’s Disaster Relief Fund which goes to Rotarians in Ukraine and to surrounding countries who are aiding refugees arriving from Ukraine. Our $1,000 gift in John Hewko’s name is one thing we can do as we watch the awful news from far away.

But hopeful and beautiful things continue to happen on our planet: a full moon captured hours before the Spring Equinox. Daylight Savings which brings us more daylight at the end of the day. Warmer (too warm?) temperatures. AND. . . . Thursday, March 24 is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.  Yes, there is a day for everything!

It’s also the day some of us will be meeting in person and others zooming in to hear about Sierra Harvest and what one person, Aimee Retzler, with a new idea and energy to follow it can achieve. Paul Harris started Rotary in February 1905–the vision of one man. It is good to remember what good one person can cause to happen!

Aimee, co-founded Sierra Harvest after she had lunch with her kindergartner at school and noticed how much food was going to waste leaving kids hungry. She was curious as to why a community that is surrounded by an abundance of agriculture, wasn’t feeding kids nutrient-dense, locally grown foods that were delivered in an educational way.  Her passion for making sure kids get the best food possible is what fueled her to begin the farm-to-school program in Nevada County.  She has guided the activities of Sierra Harvest since October 2008, building the organization from a grassroots community coalition to a viable nonprofit.  One of her non-food passions is teaching Nia so consider yourself informed if she pulls out her first-degree black belt and starts dancing anywhere and everywhere.   

Join the Celebrations

This Sunday March 27, 2022 from 4:00-6:00pm Area 4 Rotary Clubs are hosting Rotary Honors People of Action. 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.

Dennis is looking for 2-4 Club members to volunteer for setup, tear down and/or during the meeting on Sunday. See Dennis if you would like to volunteer for this VERY SPECIAL CELEBRATION!

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

Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel discounts only AVAILABLE THROUGH MARCH 29!

Click to Register

Lithium-Ion Battery Products Recycling

Contact Chris Newsom to volunteer! 

Our Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY) Food Distribution

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.

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.

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 1,723lbs.  2,000 lbs is on the horizon!!!

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.  And we are adding Wild Birds Unlimited!

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: Sierra Harvest, Rotary International, District 5190, Bright Futures for Youth, Redwood Materials, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

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

March 27: Area 4 Community Awards Celebration IN PERSON Rotary Honors People of Action
4 - 6pm, Miners Foundry; see Dennis for setup times

March 31: Dark

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

April 4: Lunch 12:00 noon Area Speech Contest IN PERSON Nevada Union High School; Room J204

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 21 Thursday evening IN PERSON 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 IN PERSON 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