Staying Connected - September 10 Noon

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday September 10 Noon
On to Uganda - Nevada City Rotary Global Impact with Nancy Kemp

The end of Summer

As the days get noticeably shorter and we approach the Fall Equinox, hot weather and the threat of wildfire continues to linger.  In fact, while writing this newsletter, I received phone calls and texts from PG&E, notifying us that we are likely to lose power tonight in the first of this year's PSPS events.

After the alarms and evacuations of the Jones Fire, it was only a matter of time before the danger of fire would once again rise to the level that necessitates measures such as the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs.  I trust that all our club members, friends, and family are well prepared for the events of the next few days and weeks, and that we will all come through the experience with nothing more than the inconvenience of living without electricity for a few days.

This week looks to be somewhat uncertain for many of us, but I hope that by Thursday we will all have power and can enjoy the mutual company of our weekly club meeting.

The past two weeks we have enjoyed hearing about ice cream, and how beer is brewed.  This week’s program takes us back to our Rotary roots to remind us of a project completed by our club and to bring us up to date on the outcome of that project.

On to Uganda

Uganda should be familiar to most club members. We have heard about the work of Dr. Scott Kellermann with the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda. What newer members may not know, Nevada City Rotary played a prominent role in that work. Nancy Kemp, along with Gayle and Dave Denney will talk about the On to Uganda project and the significant grant our Club managed.

Inside a 23,000-pound shipping container, Rotarians built a complete x-ray lab and dental suite. To maximize the shipment, the container was fully loaded with two generators, 120 bags of clothing, and 40 bags of towels and bedding. The $100,000 worth of equipment and supplies took approximately two months to travel from Nevada City around the world to the Bwindi Medical Centre in Buhoma, Uganda to assist the Batwa Pygmies. 

At the time Scott Kellermann, MD and a small team were treating 200–300 Batwa and non-Batwa patients a day, often hanging IVs from branches. They built a small clinic, which grew to become Bwindi Community Hospital, now rated one of the best hospitals in Uganda. In 2013 they opened the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi as the only advanced-level program in a rural region of one million people.

Our Club supported community development by building clean water systems and latrines as well as donating goats to the Batwa community.

Last Call: Rotary D5190 JOurneY 2020-21 hats for Polio Plus

In support of our District’s Polio Plus campaign, DG Berta has arranged for a special Rotary District 5190 JOurneY 2020-21 cap.  Order one or more caps for $20, and $5 for each will be donated in our Club’s name to Polio Plus. All orders must be in by Thursday September 17.  Fun hats for a great cause!!! 

To order, 1) simply reply to this email or send an email to President Tom.  All orders must be in by Thursday September 17.   Fun hats for a great cause!!!  2) Checks for $20/hat should be made out to Nevada City Rotary (or pay with your monthly dues) and then sent to

Attention: Tom Ryan
Nevada City Rotary
PO Box 74
Nevada City, CA 95959

Community Service Opportunity

In past years, our Rotary Club has supported SYRCL with their River Clean-up Day to help keep our beautiful beaches, camp sites and trails pristine, but this year, the COVID pandemic requires a completely new approach. Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is the number one concern. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s cleanup will be spread across 12-days from September 16-27th. 2020. We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines with this cleanup model, protecting ourselves while we protect the Yuba River. 

Volunteers can register online for the cleanup, choose your cleanup site and choose a time to pick up trash between September 16-27th. Volunteers will be spread across 16+ sites over 12-days to minimize contact with visitors and volunteers.  Only 5-10 volunteers are allowed per cleanup site each shift.  We need your help this year to bring your own garbage bags, masks and gloves to your cleanup spot. Please click on the link below to learn more about this program and sign up. Remember to wear your "Rotarians at work" t-shirt! We encourage you to participate with Club members on a date and location that works for you. For more details, visit

Thank you Susie!

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!

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19 and Fire Season

Nevada County has activated its new Ready Nevada County Dashboard with the Jones Fire to keep our community informed.  If you have not discovered it yet, visit and click the Nevada County Update Banner - Jones Fire in Nevada County.

Learn the latest on how to get tested and what reopening includes and other Nevada County updates through 

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

September 10: Lunch 12:15pm Our On To Uganda Grant - Nancy Kemp and Gayle and Dave Denney
plus Foundation Mini-Moment: Chris Newsom

September 17: Social 5:30pm - Jon Gresley from the Truckee Rotary - Project Fairs

September 24: Lunch 12:15pm - Wen Chen, Ph.D. - Human Rights Movement in China

October 1 - Social 5:30pm - Shelly Covert - California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)

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

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. 

To be rescheduled: 

  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!


Special Dates


  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes 9/3   Carolyn Feuille and Bob  9/4
      Walt Stickel and Sandy 9/9
      Kim Stewart and Mike  9/10
      Nathan Leishman and Stephanie 9/27

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: Carla Burke
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 September 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