Staying Connected - October 8 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday October 8, 2020 12:15pm Lunch
 Pascale Fusshoeller - News for the Sierra Nevada


News Update!

Nevada City Rotary has just completed the first chapter of a great partnership with the Nevada County Public Health Department.  The Health Department’s drive-thru flu shot clinic for 2020 is now done, and what a success it was!  Some 600 doses of flu vaccine were administered at no cost to anybody that came to the clinic, and even with so many doses of vaccine available, demand was so high that by 1:40 PM, the supply was exhausted.

Nevada City Rotarians preparing packets before the Flu Shot clinic opened!

Special thanks to John and Susie Monary-Wilson for their efforts in leading our club's coordination with the Public Health Department.  Along with John and Susie, five other club members volunteered for today’s event.  Thanks to Chris Newson, Lynda Guthrie, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes, Robin Milam, and yours truly, Prez Tom for coming out to stuff information packets, give away masks, direct traffic, and to help out in many other ways to make this a very successful event.

A big thank you to all who sewed face masks and donated materials. I’m told that the 450 masks we supplied to give to anybody needing them were quickly passed out and much appreciated.

The on-site leadership of the Public Health Department was very grateful for our assistance and we all look forward to doing more events together. News for the Sierra Nevada with Pascale

Remember back in 1999 before we could grumble about how bad our DSL connections were because we were on dial-up ~ and couldn't even image the possibility of gigabit? That same year, Pascale Fusshoeller and Susan Levitz created to put the then revolutionary power of the Internet into the hands of our foothill and mountain communities. Their intention: to deliver daily news to the Sierra, from the Sierra.

In the intervening two decades, has become a true jewel serving our community.  During wildfire season, most of us turn to YubaNet first for accurate, real-time coverage for breaking news locally and nationally.  Yearround YubaNet provides original reporting news stories and is a forum for top-notch citizen journalism inviting readers to contribute plus offering live streaming townhall forums on a host of relevant topics.  Pascale even showed up with camera in hand for our Club's last COVID mask drive through giveaway.   

Join us for our noon meeting as Pascale shares behind the scenes stories about!  This will be a fun and very informative meeting!

From our members ...

As announced at our last club meeting on October 1, Jack Dinwiddie, a long time Rotarian and good friend to many in our club, passed away on September 30.  He has been valiantly battling a series of health issues for the past few years, and is now at peace.

Since I have only been a full time member of our club for a few years, I did not have the opportunity to get to know Jack well.  To get a better sense of the man Jack was and to learn more about his participation in Rotary, I reached out to fellow club member John Hensley, Jack’s partner in many ventures and adventures in Nevada City and Baja, Mexico.

John sponsored Jack to join Nevada City Rotary in 1989, enticing Jack to leave Grass Valley Lions to join Rotary.  From 1989 to 1993, John and Jack made 14 road trips to Baja, supporting the Rotary Club of San Jose del Cabo, the club that they helped get chartered in 1988.  Among their accomplishments in Baja, they built two clinics - one from scratch and one from a house that they remodeled.  They supported local schools through direct service and through donations to subsidize school operations.

Jack, who had been going to Baja for many years, was responsible for getting John hooked on Baja.  The two of them were able to realize their dream of having a place to call home in Baja when they bought 13 acres and established Rancho Los Amigos in 1986.  Jack and John each selected the lot of their choice and offered the others to people looking for a place to build a get-away home in Baja.  Jack, a man of high integrity, was always very proud of the fact that the Rancho Los Amigos deal was done on a handshake. John happily noted that all together, he and Jack made 32 road trips together to Baja.

Jack worked for the U.S. Forest Service, traveling to assignments across the country.  His assignments included working in the Tahoe National Forest.  Nevada City was such a strong attraction that Jack chose to retire from the Forest Service at 40 and settled into his home on Bridge Street in Nevada City.

John tells me he got to know Jack when he started buying houses brokered by John.  Jack then fixed them up as rentals.  He had a wide range of skills that allowed him to do much of the work himself.

Jack loved life and lived it to the fullest, always keeping a wry sense of humor punctuated by practical jokes. We will miss Jack. John and Ben Beretta are working on plans for a memorial service for Jack Dinwiddie. We will pass along more details as plans develop.

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

The LLA sessions are recorded and can be viewed later if you are not able to participate in the live events.  This is just a sampling of what is available to all of us. With Leadership Learning Assembly, the District is highlighting and expanding key resources.  Learn more at Leadership Learning Assembly.

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!

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 8: Lunch 12:15pm Pascale Fusshoeller from YubaNet; plus Foundation Mini-Moment: Dennis Geare

October 15 - Social 5:30pm Shannon Byrd from Mason Jar Meals To Go

October 22: Lunch 12:15pm

October 29: 5th Thursday - DARK 5th Thursday

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

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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature and it will be sent to your email address. Or reply to this email and request assistance!

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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