Staying connected - 4-4-2020

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

We are delighted to be hearing from our Nevada City Rotary expanded community!  Please do keep in touch... simply REPLY to this Rotario email.


Thank you to all who “attended” our very first Zoom Rotary Club social. We had nineteen people in attendance – pretty good for our first attempt! We had a few minor technical difficulties (PDG Doug McDonald’s mic wouldn’t work) but by the end of the meeting it was working and we got to hear from him and his lovely wife Karen. We were also joined by DGE Roberta (Berta) Pickett and DGN Anita Daniels and her husband Don. Berta, Anita and Doug all attended the Auburn Rotary Club Zoom meeting where they were treated to a very special guest speaker; RI International President for 2020-2021 Holger Knaak, joining them from Germany.

Dave and Janet Bunje joined us from Southern California and gave us an update on what the Rotary Club of Granada Hills is doing. Wally Krill was even able to attend our meeting and let us know what he and Mary are up to. As we’re struggling to adapt to new ways to hold meetings, the silver lining is the ability for members and guests who are far-away or unable to get down to a meeting at the Northern Queen to attend meeting over the phone or computer. Chris Geyer is hoping to join us next week from Los Barriles, Mexico. What a great way to put our theme, “Rotary Connects the World” into practice. I’m hoping we will continue to hold Zoom meetings occasionally even after we’re able to meet in person again.

Click to watch the video of our Zoom meeting!

It was fun to see and hear from everyone as people kicked back in front of their computer screens with their favorite beverages and snacks. It’s good to know that we are all keeping busy, getting long put off chores done and catching up on our TV binge-watching. Since most of us mentioned reading to pass the time, I thought it would be fun to send out a list of the books we’re reading right now or favorites we’d recommend. So, if you READ this, and are reading a book during your house-arrest, please send me the title(s) and next Rotario we’ll share a list. Maybe we can even talk Michael Young into leading a Zoom Rotary Book Club.

At the end of the meeting, I auctioned off some items (TP, anti-bacterial wipes, disposable gloves, cookies and chocolate mousse) with proceeds to be put toward PolioPlus. Robin Milam was the high bidder ($80). Thank you Robin!

PE Tom Challenge to support Rotary COVID-19

That got the ball rolling for PE Tom Milam to match her $80 with a donation to the Rotary International Disaster Response Fund in response to a  letter on 4/2/2020 from TRF Chair, Gary CK Huang. The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved placing $1 million in our Disaster Response Fund to make these grants immediately available for applications related to COVID-19. To make sure these grants can remain available, we’re asking for personal contributions to the Disaster Response Fund. Your contribution will support grants that help Rotarians care for and protect people in their local communities and around the world. PE Tom is challenging other club members to match his donation. He actually donated $100 but Tom's challenge is $80 (or whatever works for you). I know our club members love challenges and giving to a great cause so let’s take him up on it and get those donations coming in. Join the challenge and Make a gift to the Disaster Response Fund now.

Zoom Auction with Nevada City Rotary April 2

Click image to jump to the TP Auction and PE Tom's COVID19 Disaster Relief Challenge

Thought for the Week

Finally, to end my part of this Rotario for the week, I came across the following and it seemed like the perfect Thought of the Day/Week for us to ponder while we putter around our houses.

“We’ve gotten to a point where fresh air is a luxury, where just being able to buy food is cause for thankfulness. Isn’t it strange that the hardest times seem to command our deepest gratitude? It’s not that we take good health, security and our neighborhood parks for granted. It’s just that, when our worlds are turned upside down, these simple things become even more precious. Everything else seems to matter so much less. What will your gratitude inspire you to do? When all of this is over, will you live differently? Will you keep caring for those who are hurting, for those who can’t step into the sunshine or put food on the table? Yes, the world is upside down right now. It’s the least we can do to make it a better place when it comes upright.”   ~ AJ Willingham

I encourage all of you who couldn’t join us last Thursday evening to watch the video (click the images above) to catch up on what your fellow club members have been doing this past month.

Apollo Moon LandingApril 9 Zoom with Bob Murley presenting
The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know

Club meetings through May 1 (at least) will be via Zoom.  Watch this space and your email for weekly instructions. 

At our 12:15pm April 9 "lunch" meeting, Bob Murley will present his ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know”.  We figure a lot of you are ready to head to the moon about now so his session could be especially interesting!  Most of you know Bob as Carolyn Feuille's husband, you will learn more about him and his experience Watch for more details on Bob and his exciting presentation early next week!

Robin will be sending out the information on attending Zoom meetings separately. I’m hoping we can have more members able to login or call in to the meeting. In the meantime, send those book titles in, accept PE Tom’s challenge and donate to RI’s COVID-19 fund and stay safe, sane and well.

How to Make a Sewing-Free Face Mask

Colin Hanks Shows Fans How to Make a Sewing-Free Face Mask After Dad Recovers from Coronavirus. All it takes is a kerchief and two rubber bands or elastic hair ties. 

See demonstration at

PE Tom made one with a bandana and two rubber bands.  They are washable and easy to make.

Curbside and Home Delivery Shopping

Several have asked for this information again, so we will keep this section in the Rotario for a while.

Able Carts shops for you at SPD and/or Briar Patch then delivers to your door. Tyler's phone number is 530-277-5964 and their email address is . Learn more online at  We understand other stores have delivery services.  Please check with your other favorite grocers for online and delivery services.

The Union has an article entitled Special delivery: Area businesses providing pick-up, take-out, delivery service

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Click Federal Cares Act to learn more about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Question and Answers Nevada County just published this FAQ complements of Cal OES and Rep McClintock. 

Cindy Wilson, Director of Public Health Nursing is interviewed in this video 10 minute video on what is Corona Virus? What can I do to protect myself? What do I do if I have symptoms.  You may find it informative:

Follow Nevada County updates through The County published a helpful Shelter in Place FAQs by the County of Nevada

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.

Thank you all again for your hard work and dedication to our Nevada City Rotary Club. Be patient and be safe.

Your President,

Cathy W-B

Upcoming Events - Postponed, Canceled and Planned:


April 9 Zoom at 12:15pm:  Bob Murley: ”The Apollo Moon Project: Things You Probably Don’t Know” 

To be rescheduled: 

  • Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk
  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Bob Branston, Citizens Climate Lobby:  “An Optimist’s Guide to Climate Change”
  • Nancy Kemp:  Update on Girls Who Code
  • Debbie Thomas - A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Experience in Albania

April 24-26:  RALLYE - District 5190 CANCELED

To Be Determined:

May 7:  FUN Social

March 14: Lunch

May 21 Social: Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!

June 18: Cathy's Demotion Dinner

July 17: The Children's Festival, 9am - noon and 5pm - 8pm Pioneer Park, Nevada City

July 19 : Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE

August 20: (Lunch/Social TBD)  DG Roberta Pickett Visit


Special Dates


Walt Stickel 4/1        
John Hensley 4/11     

Club Leadership

President: Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
President-Elect: Tom Milam
Past President: Tom Ryan
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Carla Burke
Public Image: Michael Young & Robin Milam
Youth Service: John Wilson & Nathan Leishman
Community Service: Carolyn Inglis & Tom Milam

Club Social:  Judy Soldavini
Sergeant at Arms: Walt Stickel
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom
Membership: Stacy Robinson & Tom Ryan
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom
& Nancy Kemp
At Large: Dennis Geare

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 Monday April 20, 2020 via ZOOM!.  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
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
(Formerly Trolley Junction Restaurant)

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