Staying Connected - October 28 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday October 28, 2021 - 12:15pm Lunch
with Phil Mahoney, D5190 Chair Rotary International's Polio Plus

Zoom continues - Same ZOOM link works.
Watch this space for further updates!!!

Rain and Fellowship

Wow!!  How was that for a rain and it couldn’t have been more welcome.  During the storm Suzy and I lost power for about an hour and then it came back and has stayed on.  Unfortunately, Xfinity, our cable TV, internet and phone provider lost a line along Banner Lava Cap and are in the process of replacing it, so we have been without those niceties since Sunday.  Other than that, all is well here, and I hope that is the same for all of you.

Last week was long time Club member, Wally Krill’s birthday and in her capacity as Club Secretary and with the capacity of her extremely loving heart Robin sent him a simple birthday wish that went like this:

Hi Wally, 

I hope you are enjoying a special day for yourself today!  

In many cultures rain is considered a blessing!  I hope you have been truly blessed by our rains last night and today! 
Happy, Happy Birthday!


Nevada City Rotary

And that caused Wally to respond:

Dear Robin,

Thank you so much for the Birthday Greeting.  A good part of my memory recollections do involve the many friends that Mary and I made in Rotary. A great bunch of folks that enjoyed so many activities. BBQ Dinners at Memorial park being helped by Monk Brown and his trustees, work parties at the Museum,  dinner parties at Lake Wildwood and so much more.

While at it, Mary and I just today recalled  a few of the many Rotary Clubs both in the US and overseas that we visited. Visits to the Clubs in Crete, Sweden, Scotland and Australia were special treats. Vermont, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia were also very special. These were just some of the many that we visited where we were always welcomed. I hope our Rotarians can get the opportunity to visit other clubs as well.

Congratulations on the wonderful work you and Tom are doing for Rotary. It is  through your efforts and others in the Club that keep Rotary the special organization it is. I am sorry the Pandemic has caused the loss of in person meetings but someday they will return.

Kindest regards


That warm exchange between two old friends reminded me of what just might be Rotary’s greatest benefit.  Fellowship.  Not just within our club, but the fellowship that is available to all of us throughout the entire Rotary world.

Wally reminds us of tapping into that fellowship by doing makeups around the world as he and his wife traveled to far off places and were welcomed by strangers as though they were long lost friends.  I know from my own experiences what a wonderful feeling that can be. 

So, thank you Wally for reminding us of what it is like to share and experience the wonders of fellowship and thank you Robin for being the spark that reached out and then shared.  The little fire that you started warms my heart. 

Whenever the opportunity arises to travel, no matter where to, Tahoe, the Bay Area, the East Coast, far away continents or anywhere in between, go to the RI website and find a Rotary club along your path.  It will tell you where they meet and when.  Put a makeup meeting on your itinerary, because it is well worth your time, and you will come away with a memory of having been welcomed by members of the community that you are visiting as one of their own.

I’m thinking that we may have a program in our future where we just share our makeup experiences.  I promise that it will be more interesting than it sounds.  Hopefully I’ll have internet by Thursday and I’ll be able to see all of your smiling faces.  If not, I’ll try to check  in on my cell phone.  Until then, hold each other close.

Vaccinations Not COVID, but Polio

The presentation at this week’s Nevada City Rotary Club is a timely topic: vaccinations. Not COVID, but rather Polio. Phil Mahoney, the District Chair for Rotary International’s Polio Plus program will be the guest speaker at the meeting on Thursday, October 28th at noon on Zoom. The public is invited to attend.

Since its founding in 1979 Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative has reduced cases of Polio by 99%. Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 Billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from the paralyzing disease.

Mahoney says while Polio is eradicated in many countries it’s important to continue the campaign. “Only a couple of countries have active cases of polio, but if we stop vaccinating children against the disease, we could see hundreds of thousands of cases within a decade” he said. “Additionally, the Polio campaign helps the medical community prevent and fight other diseases”.

The presentation will cover the history of Polio, the current status, vaccines and the different types of the Polio viruses. Mahoney will also talk about the effort to bring the Polio Plus program back to the forefront of Rotary Clubs in our area.

According to the WHO and UNICEF, nationwide house-to-house polio vaccinations will resume in Afghanistan in early November, providing access to children in areas where campaigns had been banned for the last three years. Learn more at Rotary's World Polio Day program look toward polio eradication's endgame.

An opportunity for you!  Nevada County Food Bank packaging - Only 1 1/2 hour

We have an opportunity to volunteer at the Nevada County Food Bank next month. Here are the details so please let me know if you are willing and able to help out! 

We are looking for 6 volunteers on November 9th from 10AM-11:30AM to pack home delivery boxes for homebound elderly and disabled clients.  Many of you have already volunteered here and know what a fun filled and rewarding time it is!

November 4 Social DG Anita Visit - Live Hybrid

We are looking forward to our first Hybrid meeting in months and welcoming DG Anita next week November 4 at 5:30pm in the Litton Building.  Board members please plan to meet with her at 4:00pm in the second floor conference room in the Litton Building. 

As we announced last month, our Environmental Sustainability Committee has arranged a partnership with Save Mart in Fowler Center for a collection point for our plastics recycling project.  Our Club is connecting with local merchants and the County to place plastic recycling boxes around the area so customers and Rotarians can recycle clean stretchable plastics including all sorts of bags.  We are launching our stretchable plastics at next week's meeting. To kick off our Club project, bring any plastics you have that are clean and fit into one of the following criteria: grocery, bread, ice, produce, cereal, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning, zip locks, bubble wrap, pallet wrap, stretch film and more. No bottles or plastic boxes. If it stretches, bring it. If it crunches or crackels, find another outlet! 

ESRAG Big West ECOLOGY DAY Virtual Conference Saturday, November 6
The Challenges of our Planet Earth, Solutions and Taking Action

Register Today at:

It's the Environment 101 conference with distinguished speakers and special sessions for the Interacts and Rotaracts in the afternoon. The conference offers a great opportunity to create awareness in our communities and take action.

We will be celebrating the ENVIRONMENT: Rotary's New Area of Focus and Rotary's November 1st Ecology Day, declared in 1990.

9:00 am - 12:30pm PDT General Session
   - 9:00 am Welcome
   - 9:15 am Biodiversity and Pollination Panel
   - 10:45 am Climate Crisis and Solutions
           -- Feedback Loops
           -- DrawDown: Climate Solutions 101
            -- UN IPCC Report: Code Red for Humanity
1:00 pm PDT Interact Session (interact speakers and projects)
3:00 pm  PDT Rotaract Session  (Rotaract speakers and projects)

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Keep up the Happy/Sad Bucks!  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 and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck pledges to our Club!

Stay connected and informed

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

CoP Tom (and Dave)

Photos Credits:, ESRAG, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

Zoom until further notice!

October 28 Lunch HYBRID - ZOOM:- Phil Mahoney, District 5190 Polio Plus Chair

D5190 Polio Plus Society: As a Rotarian and supporter of Polio Eradication, Rotary’s Number One Priority, you can participate in the Countdown to History as a member of the PolioPlus Society of District 5190. PolioPlus Society members can help Rotary make history by continuing to contribute a minimum of $100.00 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.

November 4: Social HYBRID: DG Anita Daniels Governor Visit 5:30pm;
4:00pm pre-meeting with Board - Returning to the Litton Building In-Person Hybrid

Litton Building 3rd Floor - Google Map
200 Litton Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945

November 6: Rotary Ecology Day 9am - 12:30pm General Session - ESRAG Conference; Click to register here.

November 9: 10am -11:30am Service project at Food Bank of Nevada County box packaging

November 11: Lunch

November 18: Social Sol Henson, Sierra Streams

November 24:  - Thanksgiving with our Families and Friends

December 2: Social Co-Presidents

December 9: Social Annual Holiday Party

April 20, 2022, Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by John Baker & 49er Rotary

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

Co-Presidents:  Tom Ryan & Dave Denney
Presidents-Elect: Carolyn Feuille & Chris Newsom
President-Nominee: Kim Stewart
Past President: Tom Milam
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: John Wilson
Public Image: Walt Stickel
Youth Service: Kim Stewart
Vocational Service: Gayle Denney

Club Service:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Susie Monary- Wilson
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 November 8 at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  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 via Zoom until further notice - same schedule as Live/Hybrids

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

*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 Hybrid meetings. — 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