Staying Connected - October 22 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday October 22 2020 12:15pm
Time to Vote! Gregory Diaz and Natalie Adona
Nevada County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters

Election Day, November 3rd, is two weeks away.  I expect that some of our club members have already returned their ballots, and I strongly encourage everybody to get their ballots in for this election!

To help us understand more about the election in our community, we are pleased to have Gregory Diaz and Natalie Adona join us this week to present a program on the election process in Nevada County.

Gregory J. Diaz is Nevada County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. He became a Nevada County property owner in 1996 and has been a full-time resident of Nevada County since 2003. Prior to serving Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, Mr. Diaz served as the County Clerk-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco managing the office and defining departmental policies, procedures, budget, operations and legislation on both the local and state level. Mr. Diaz also served as the Assistant County Clerk-Recorder in San Francisco for four years and he worked in the City Attorney's office for six years drafting legislation and litigation documents. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and attended Rutgers University School of Law.

Mr. Diaz says, "Outside of Police and Fire, the most important service government can provide to its citizens is its role as the Custodian of Vital and Official Records and ensuring the integrity of Elections."

Natalie Adona, Assistant Registrar of Voters

Natalie Adona is the Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Nevada County, a position that she has held since October 2019. Prior to joining the Clerk-Recorder’s office, she was the Senior Research and Learning Associate for the Elections Program at Democracy Fund, a private philanthropy based in Washington, DC. Natalie’s professional interests over the last 15 years center on elections and voting, including public opinion surveys on the topic. She is the co-author of “Understanding the Voter Experience” and the co-author/Principal Investigator of “Stewards of Democracy.” A Vallejo native, Natalie is happy to return to California to serve our state’s electorate.

Natalie holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a M.P.A. from AU’s School of Public Affairs.

Tools that Natalie and the County are providing:

World Polio Day 2020 ~ Saturday October 24 10am-1pm

Join Club members in downtown Nevada City outside Firehouse #1 Museum (bottom of Commercial St) to celebrate World Polio Day Saturday October 24 from 10am-1pm!

Each year, our Nevada City Rotary Club has observed World Polio Day with an activity such as a Polio Walk to raise public awareness that Polio is still active in a few parts of the world and that Rotary continues the campaign to eliminate Polio once and for all.

This year, we plan to setup an information table at the Firehouse #1 Museum - thanks to Cathy.  We will collect pennies (or dimes, dollars and more) in boots and jugs from 10am - 1pm at our table or meandering through the Saturday NC Farmers Market.  A good day for Rotary shirts especially EndPolio if you have one.  Please wear your masks and plan to be very conscious of social distancing!  It will be a fun and meaningful way of regrouping. 

Announcement D5190 PolioPlus Society

As PDG Doug announced at our Thursday Social, Rotary has announced its PolioPlus Society. Rotary’s Number One Priority is eradicating polio.  Carolyn Feuille shared the on the ground mobilizing challenges, especially in these times, in an important article from the Economist on fighting polio in Afganistan and Pakistan. Dennis shared an inspiring video reminding us that our PolioPlus focus is all about the children.

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.

A lot of Nevada City Rotary hands went up on Thursday to take 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.

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 make your donation each year through Rotary Direct, or our Club.

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

District 5190 Be a Vibrant Club Workshop

District 5190 is hosting its all new Vibrant Club Workshop starting Friday afternoon November 6 at 4:00pm through Saturday morning November 7 at 11:30am.  Watch for more details!

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

Area 8 - 9 Foundation Celebration with PRIP John Germ

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!

Around our Area

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley is putting on a Halloween Trick or Tri-Tip Drive Through Dinner - looks like fun and good food!  See flyer for more details.  Visit for tickets.

Click image for a printable flyer!

Prez Tom

Your 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.  Thanks for sharing you!

Each month, Treasurer Tom distributes an invoice plus a statement indicating you have an overdue balance when appropriate.  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.

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

October 22: Lunch 12:15pm  Gregory Diaz and Natalie Adona, Nevada County County Clerk-Recorder

October 24: World Polio Day 10am-1:00pm ~ Nevada City Rotary celebrates in front of Firehouse #1 Museum

October 29: 5th Thursday - DARK 5th Thursday

November 5: Social 5:30pm  Mike Bratton MEB2 Turkey Trot Event
The MEB2 Foundation sponsoring A New Day, local youth activities & suicide and depression awareness.

November 6 - 7: D5190 Be a Vibrant Club Workshop; virtual event
November 6: 4-6:15pm continuing November 7 9am-11:30am

November 12- Lunch: Foundation Mini-Moment: Chris; PDG Bob Rogers - The Polio Challenge

November 19- Social:  Real Estate and Retail in the Covid Era -John H & Nicole

November 26: Dark--Thanksgiving

December 3: Social 5:30pm Cory Vanderwouw - Lifestyle and Brain Fitness

December 10: Holiday Celebration In Some Form!!!

December 17: Social 5:30pm

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. 




Special Dates


  Paul Boch 10/10   Nancy Kemp and Steve 10/12
  Wally Krill 10/18     
  Karen McDonald 10/21     
  Nancy Kemp 10/22     
  Chris Newsom 10/30     

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: Open
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 October 19 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