Staying Connected - November 19 Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday November 19, 2020 5:30pm Social

Retail and Real Estate in the COVID Era - Nicole Dillard & John Hensley

Our club has a few members that continue to work as business owners in Nevada City.  This week’s program highlights Nicole Dillard and John Hensley, both long time club members.  Join us as they share their experiences of conducting business in these challenging times. Chris Newsom will do a special Foundation Mini-Minute.

Our own doing business in the COVID Era

Nicole Dillard owns and operates An Inner Sanctum, a rare & collectibles book store on Broad Street.  An Inner Sanctum has offered used books and antiques in downtown Nevada City for 20 years. Nicole is also an partner in Booktown Books, a cooperative of booksellers with 4,000 square feet of Used and Rare Books, Ephemera, Books on CDs, Music CDs, DVDs, LP Records and Art. Each Bookseller has their own booth in the store that displays their special genres of books. She has been a member of Nevada City Rotary since December 2003. Nicole has served many years as our Club Vocational Services Chair and on the Board of the Rotary Club of Nevada City Foundation. In those dual roles she is a strong advocate for scholarships for youth ~ both academic and technical training. 

John Hensley "This is my 50th year in Real Estate.  I started out 50 years ago selling lots in Cascade Shores.  It is a wonderful business and I like it very much."  After working for a Bay Area company in Nevada County for a few years, John opened his own Recreation Realty on Harmony Ridge. The company added a second office in downtown Nevada City now at the top of Broad St (home to our Board meetings pre-Zoom).  A long time member of Nevada City Rotary - since 1975, John is our Club's original bridge to our partnerships in Baja. John is also a proud supporter, former Board Member, and frequent show host at KVMR.  Long before any of us knew him, John was a child actor in Southern California. John’s acting career included roles in movies and television shows such as Lassie, Donna Reed, Wild Bill Hickok, Dupont Cavalcade of America, Life of Riley, Dragnet, Sheriff of Cochise,  Stepmother,  The Millionaire, and others.  Oh, and of course, John is a big Beatles, aka Ringo fan!

Two Magic Drops - a first-hand Polio Inoculation experience on the ground in India

PDG Bob Rogers shared his personal and very inspiring story of contracting polio at the age of five.  Many years later he joined Rotary.  Learning of the tremendous commitment to Ending Polio globally that Rotary has made, he took up the charge within his Club, his District and now our Zone.  Bob also shared a very moving video of his Rotary trip to India for Inoculation Day in January of this year (before COVID).  We invite you to click the Two Magic Drops image and watch it yourself. 

Bob also talked about how Rotary is assisting global COVID testing efforts based on the extensive logistics lessons our Rotary partners have learned in testing community sewage and water systems for the presence of polio and the distribution of volatile vaccines.  Yes, the lessons apply to COVID.

Announcement D5190 PolioPlus Society

PolioPlus Society members will help Rotary make history by contributing a minimum of $100 per year until the World Health Organization certifies that polio has been fully eradicated because …

Until the world is polio-free, every child is at risk.

We now have at least 11 Nevada City Rotary members who have made the $100/year minimum pledge to join the PolioPlus Society.  You too can participate in the Countdown to History as a member of the PolioPlus Society of District 5190.

Joining is a two step process:

  1. To make your pledge, please click here or the PolioPlus Society icon to download the PolioPlus Commitment Letter. Follow the very simple instructions on the form to submit your pledge to PDG Dave Bianchi and
  2. Make your donation each year by setting up a direct payment through Rotary Direct, or give Chris Newsom, Foundation Chair a donation check to send to Rotary International for you.

Society members will receive a Polio Plus Society membership pin, certificate and an End Polio Now wristband…and your contribution qualifies for Paul Harris Recognition Points credit.

Foundation Month - Friday November 20, 2020
Area 8 & 9 Virtual Foundation Celebration with PRIP and Polio Plus Chair John Germ

November is Rotary Foundation Month.  In years past we have celebrated Rotarians from Area 4 Clubs who have achieved new levels of recognition for giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Area 4 will not have a celebration this November.  The 49er Breakfast Club is responsible for the Foundation Recognition Awards this year. They are working with our Club on plans to combine the Foundation Recognition and the Community Awards event for early Spring.  More information will be provided as details are worked out.

In the meantime, you can still celebrate November Foundation Month by joining the Virtual Foundation Celebration hosted by Areas 8 & 9. PRIP John Germ will be guest speaker.  Click icon to Register and donate $25 to PolioPlus. Participate in the Area 8 & 9 Virtual event and Nevada City Rotary will extend you a $15 Happy/Sad Buck credit!

Area 8 - 9 Foundation Celebration with PRIP John Germ

Thanksgiving Day 2020

TODAY!! Tuesday, November 17th, is the last day to register for the upcoming Michael Bratton II Virtual Turkey Trot to guarantee a long-sleeved tee shirt.  A great family and community event!  Click REGISTER! or the banner above for more details.

Update on our Hungry Games II Event

With the uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases and the tightening of restrictions as a result, we have made the difficult decision that the Hungry Games II event scheduled for Valentines Day will not take place as a live, face-to-face event.  We are looking at keeping the Valentines Day reservation at the Miners Foundry and shifting the focus of the event to the theme of “Share the Love”.  The Hungry Games planning crew will start the planning process with updates on the new format coming soon.

Your Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

October invoices and/or statements are in your email!  Please follow the Four Way Test with your pledges to our Club!  If you have questions, Tom R is happy to discuss your statement with you.

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.  Thanks for sharing you!

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.

Prez Tom

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

November 19- Social:  Real Estate and Retail in the COVID Era - John H & Nicole; Foundation Mini-Moment: Chris

November 26: Dark--Thanksgiving

December 3: Social Cory Vanderwouw - Lifestyle and Brain Fitness

December 10: Holiday Celebration In Some Form!!!

December 17: Social  SYRCL’s Virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2021 with Jess Swigonski, Director

December 24 - Dark Christmas Eve

December 31 - Dark New Years Eve

January 7: Social Mary Ann Davis, author: Nevada County Wine

January 14: Lunch Lynda Guthrie and Jean Herschede: “Amigos de Guatemala”

January 21: Social

January 28: Lunch Chris Newsom, M.D. and Brad Miller, M.D.: “COVID-19 and Climate Change”

Feb 14, 2021:  Hungry Games, Being Revamped - Miners Foundry 

Special Dates


  Dave Fluke 11/4   Dennis Geare and Annette (39!) 11/13
  Susie Monary-Wilson 11/29   Ken Ching and Lynn (#22!) 11/15

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: Cathy WIlcox-Barnes
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 December 21 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