Staying Connected - September 24 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday September 24 at 12:15pm Lunch
The Human Rights Movement in China and the COVID Crisis

A Call to Lead

Time passes, the seasons turn, and we are now officially in Fall.  As the days shorten and the weather turns cooler, Robin and I are shifting our focus from gardening and improvement projects to preparing our yard for the coming rains and winter weather. With the changing seasons our activities begin to move indoors. Planning and preparation for the coming year will occupy much of our time. I look forward to reviewing all we were able to accomplish this past Summer and to think about what I would like to work on next year.

As it goes in our life at home, so it goes in our involvement with Rotary. It’s rewarding to look at what we have accomplished as the Rotary Club of Nevada City in the past year.  Along with the retrospect comes the planning and preparation for what is ahead of us. This part is made more difficult by the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a very important part of the planning that is not impacted by the COVID-19 uncertainties is making sure the club leadership team is strong, with a succession plan for next Rotary year starting July 1, 2021.

Our club has a strong team, but there are gaps in the coverage that it is my duty as President to address.

The first of these gaps is the selection of a President-Elect, to serve as club President during the 2021-2022 Rotary year.  This position is not filled by appointing a club member to be President.  To be President-Elect then President, a club member must recognize the obligation to serve Rotary and their community by assuming the responsibility for leading the club as President.

One of the truly great aspects of Rotary is that Rotarians who choose to take on leadership roles are offered a huge amount of training and support.  There is never a time when anybody in a leadership position can feel that they are operating without support - there is always somebody available to offer support, advice, and encouragement.

I ask each of you to look deeply at your commitment to Rotary and determine whether taking on the challenge of leadership as Club President is your next step in service to your community.

The second of these gaps is the Membership Chair for our club.  Carla Burke has been acting as the Membership Chair since I took office as President on July 1.  However, Carla has asked to step down as Membership Chair and take a sabbatical for the rest of this year.

Carla has been working closely with fellow club members Doug McDonald (District 5190 Membership Chair) and Dennis Geare (Area 4 Membership Chair) to put together a membership committee and a membership growth plan.  We are extremely fortunate in our club to have two club members who bring so much knowledge and experience to support membership growth and retention. I will be working with Doug and Dennis to look at some novel ideas for growing and retaining membership.

If any of you would like to look at what is involved with being Membership Chair or would like to take on the position, please get in touch with me and we can talk.

The Human Rights Movement in China and the COVID Crisis

We hear and read about China daily, but what do we really know about what is actually happening in China today? Our guest this week will provide an intimate, first hand perspective with a captivating, timely program. Dr. Wen Chen will be talking to us about The Human Rights Movement in China and the COVID Crisis.

Dr Chen will speak to the human rights movement in China which began in 2004; how the Chinese Communist Party penetrates U.S. society to influence decision-makers; and innovation that allows people to bypass China's Internet blockade. She will also provide insights on the Coronavirus and China's policies toward epidemics and public health.

Dr Wen Chen was born in China at the end of the Great Cultural Revolution at time when intellectuals were persecuted and traditional Chinese culture destroyed. Nonetheless she pursued her education. At the age of 16, she won a national prize at a science competition and was then accepted into a top university. Wen came to the U.S. for graduate school and received a doctorate in Biology at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Wen Chen has been working for Caltech since 2000 as a biologist and information scientist on genomics and biological research. Because of her personal experience in China, she decided to be a voice for the voiceless. Since 2012, she has given over 200 presentations to community organizations about Chinese culture, history, and human rights.

Last Week: Rotary International Project Job Fairs with Jon Gresley

Last week Jon Gresley from Rotary Club of Truckee gave a very interesting program on Rotary International Project Fairs especially in Central and South America where Rotarians gather to be inspired and collaborate with global project partners.

To read Jon's article on Project Fairs and other information on International Service, visit the District 5190 International Service webpage - 

For comprehensive information about project fairs on the RI website:

Currently, two virtual fairs are scheduled in West Africa (November 13 , 2020) and Ecuador (November 13-19, 2020.)

Two live fairs are planned for Panama City (January 28-30, 2021) and Medellin, Colombia (February 5-7, 2021.)  Both will probably change to virtual.  Please contact Carolyn Feuille and Lynda Guthrie for more details and if you are interested in participating in a project fair.

Community Service - Save the date of October 6

Save the date of October 6, when the Nevada County Public Health will hold a free drive-thru flu shot clinic at Twin Cities Church. (  John and Susie are coordinating with NC Public Health and Alexis of Mask Warriors about another mask give-away in conjunction with the flu-shot clinic. More to come on this service opportunity as details are finalized.

From our Members:

Support Education for Girls & Women

The local branch of American Association of University Women, to which several of our members and wives are active, is holding an online auction for the first time next Friday-Sunday.  The proceeds all go to scholarships and educational opportunities for women and girls. It features unique pieces of arts and crafts, jewelry, hand-sewn items and even a cord of wood - all great for gift giving!

Click here to access the catalogue and bidding:

Live auction bids on Facebook:  4 pm. Friday 9/25/20 - 8 pm. Sunday 9/27/20

A big thank you to our members and spouses who promote advancement of eductation for women and girls through AAUW!

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

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

October 15 - Social 5:30pm

October 22: Lunch 12:15pm

October 31: 5th Thursday DARKaween 

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


  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: 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 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