Staying Connected - June 4 Social 5:30pm

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

This Week:  5:30pm Social via Zoom
Protecting local farmlands - Bear Yuba Land Trust Forever Farms Program

Co-ED Erin Tarr and Bear Yuba Land Trust Board (BYLT) Member, aka fellow Rotarian, Robin Milam will share the Forever Farms Program. In the past year, two critical organic farm producers left Nevada County because of a lack of affordable farmland. Our own Chris Newsom was pivotal in pulling together community leaders with a vested interest in exploring how we as a community prevent future farmer and farmland losses. BYLT, Sierra Harvest and BriarPatch Food Co-Op emerged to form the Forever Farms program. The first project is Mountain Bounty Farm. Our community's largest organic vegetable farm is currently at risk because the land owner will not extend a long term farm lease when it expires in December. Join us and learn more about an exciting project at a critical time for our community.

Our Daily Routines...

For years I have had my day planner practically welded to my hand. It was one of the first things I looked at in the morning to see what I had to do that day and the last thing I looked at before bed to see what I had to do the next day. I marked my days and weeks and even months by meetings, appointments and, sadly, even scheduling in walks and watching my granddaughter’s softball games. All of that changed suddenly in March when the State issued a “shelter-in-place” order and most of our daily routines, as we knew them, stopped.

Do your remember where?

When people over 65  are asked “where were you when JFK was shot?” most can tell you exactly where they were and when they heard the news. When people over 40 are asked “where were you when the planes hit the Twin Towers?”, most can tell you exactly where they were and when they heard the news. Life-changing news stops us in our tracks and captures an indelible snapshot in our brains of that moment. Not so with the COVID-19 pandemic. If I were to ask you “where were you when you heard the news about the coronavirus pandemic?” I doubt you could tell me with any specificity. I have tried to recapture a specific time or place when I heard but I can’t. I know that in late January I heard vague news of a virus in China. At the end of January several of us left for our Los Barriles project. We passed through the airport screening just like we had the year before with no mention of a problem. On the way back, it struck us as odd when we were asked “have you traveled to China in the last two weeks?” What??? We’d been in Baja, California for five days working on a Rotary project – China, really?

We returned from Los Barriles and life went on as normal. My trusty day planner getting me to the right place at the right time. During February we held the Club speech contest and the Community Awards dinner. We planned for the upcoming Hungry Games. February rolled into March and we rolled along with it. Tom Milam went to PETS as President Elect; Dennis Geare as Sergeant at Arms. We continued Hungry Games publicity with interviews on KVMR and KNCO, the Area Speech contest, and normal Club meetings.

Then the hammer dropped.

An emergency combined Hungry Games and Board meeting resulted in the postponement of the Hungry Games and the cancellation of in-person meetings. The world of shelter-in-place and Zoom was coming at us like a freight train. My day planner was quickly abandoned and I began marking my days and weeks by how much toilet paper I still had, how much sanitizer I could find in my backpacking gear and calculating how many loaves of bread I could bake with limited yeast and flour supplies.

Our members kicked into gear with suggestions for home grocery delivery, offers of help to high-risk members, extra Rotarios letting members know what was happening and suggestions for ways we could continue doing Community Service from our homes. We jumped into Zoom and embraced a “new normal” for meetings. I am proud of our local Rotary Club and Rotary International. The incredible network in place to eradicate Polio was quickly refocused to help with the response to COVID-19 along with grants being made available to clubs to carry out projects to help fill needs during the pandemic. Recently things appear to be opening up again and we are adjusting to life as we now know it.

An indelible snapshot

Soon, I will have to drag my day planner out and begin to fill the dates in again. But for now, I am enjoying seeing it almost blank for a little while longer. I am appreciating Rotary and what it means to me and to the world and how it has kept me connected. No, I still can’t remember where I was or what I was doing when the pandemic hit. But I do hope I will remember where I was and what I was doing when they announce a viable vaccine for COVID-19 and that I especially remember where I am and what I am doing when they announce that Polio has been eradicated. Some life-changing news deserves an indelible snapshot in our brain!

Inducting PDG Doug and Karen McDonald

Speaking of memorable moments, let’s talk about our first ever Zoom induction meeting. Nevada City Rotary is now the proud home of our two newest members Doug and Karen McDonald. We are excited to have them and happy that they chose us. Now, all we need is to be able to actually get to know them better in person, rather than via a long-distance internet relationship.

We are a family friendly Club and enjoyed having little Malik drop in on Grampa Doug and Gramma Karen’s induction with us!  Malik's parents are Cameron McDonald and his wife Alia. He has two McDonald cousins who are daughters of Jenn (McD) and Mick Pryor.

Preparing for the Year Ahead

Watch for Annual Dues Invoices:  On July 1 we launch our new Rotary year which means with June comes annual dues invoices.  Under normal circumstances our Club dues would be billed at $180 for the year (or $190 if paid in increments). Due to these unprecedented circumstances, District 5190 is granting all our club members a “dues holiday” for July through December 2020. This means that the District portion of our dues for July 1 will be $0 instead of $19 for the first half of the year.  When you receive your annual dues invoice in the next few days, you will see this year's dues reduced to $161 (or $171 if you choose to pay in increments). Give a shout out to District Governor Randy Van Tassell and District Governor Elect, Berta Pickett who requested approval from the District Finance Committee for this "dues holiday"!

Please note, the dues holiday does not apply to Rotary International dues. 

Combined 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Board Retreat June 15 via Zoom

PE Tom is inviting outgoing and incoming Board Members and Committee Chairs to participate in a Leadership Planning Retreat via Zoom Monday June 15 at 5:30pm until no later than 8:00pm.  Board members, watch for details and agenda. June 15 is our normally scheduled Board Meeting. 

From District 5190 - Leadership Learning

YOU checked it out yet?  The purpose of the Leadership Learning Assembly (LLA) is to prepare our club leaders, board, and all our club members – new or seasoned - for the 2020-2021 Rotary JOurneY ahead!  It is sure to be exciting! This year’s theme Rotary Open Opportunities challenges us adapt to a changed and changing environment and affirms continuous learning and continuous improvement as the way to stay on top of the wave of change around us. This virtual program is self-paced and requires self-motivation. You can choose the modules you want to take! Learn more at Leadership Learning Assembly.

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Nevada County Relief Fund Announces $210,000 in First-Round Grant Awards  Next week for our June 11 Lunch Zoom, Caleb Dardick, Project Administrator in the County Nevada County's CEO's office will give a first hand account of how Nevada County has stepped up to support our most vulnerable neighbors and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faced with unprecedented hardships, the newly formed “Nevada County Relief Fund” and the “Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund” are coordinating a countywide philanthropic response. The shared goal is to direct vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors served by nonprofit organizations as well as small businesses vital to our quality of life who were forced to close their doors due to the shelter-in-place orders.

Caleb Dardick is a long-time Nevada County resident who moved to our community when he was 8 years old. Throughout his career Caleb has worked in public relations and public affairs consulting for business, political and nonprofit clients before serving as executive director for the South Yuba River Citizens League from 2011 to 2017. Caleb is the son of former Nevada County supervisor and disability rights activist Sam Dardick. You may recall, when Cathy hiked the Camino Santiago, Caleb shared his father’s story as a polio survivor on a moving video as part of our End Polio Now campaign.

Join us and learn how the generosity of our County and Community working together is helping non-profits and small businesses.

Learn the latest on how to get tested and what Stage 2 reopening includes and other 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 - VIA ZOOM

June 4: Social 5:30pm  Bear Yuba Land Trust Forever Farms with Co-ED Erin Tarr and BOD Robin Milam

June 11: Lunch 12:15pm Nevada County Relief Fund with Caleb Dardick, Project Administrator, County of Nevada

June 13: 10am-12pm Free Mask Give Away - Nevada City Rotary partners with Masked Warriors of Nevada County at Dave's Auto Repair, 747 Zion St, Nevada City.  Contact Carolyn Inglis.

June 15: 5:30pm-8:00pm Leadership Planning Retreat via Zoom Outgoing and Incoming Board and Committee Chairs with PE Tom [Virtual BYOB and snacks...]

June 18: Cathy's Demotion 5:30pm - Save the Date for a fun-filled creative Zoom program!

Save the Date for Rotary International's Free Virtual Event

"Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention"
When: 20-26 June on your computer, tablet or mobile device.  Learn more at

June 25:  Lunch “Dealing with the Covid Pandemic From Around the World” Cathy, Carolyn I, Carolyn F.

To be rescheduled: 

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

To Be Determined:

July 19 : Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - (TBD)

August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair (TBD)

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


July 17: The Children's Festival, CANCELED


Special Dates


 Ken Ching 6/3   Dave and Gayle Denney 6/12
 Ron Knaus 6/9   Ron Knaus (Nancy) 6/20
 Nicole Dillard 6/13   Judy Solavini (George) 6/24
 Michael Young 6/17   Doug and Karen McDonald 6/24
 Robin Milam 6/29    

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

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 on Monday June 15, 2020 with be a Leadership Planning Retreat via ZOOM for Outgoing and Incoming Board Members and Committee Chairs!  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