Staying Connected - Social April 16 5:30pm

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. 

Spring has spring!

Hello to everyone on a perfect Nevada County Spring day. I hope you have been able to at least go out in your yard to take in some of the beauty of this day and to let the sun lift your spirits. I’m going to start this week out with the Four-Way Test – One: Is it the Truth. How are you doing? Is it the truth? How are you really doing? When friends and family ask how I’m doing, I immediately answer “good” or “great.” To be honest, that’s not always a truthful answer. Some days I’m struggling with this new “normal” and hoping like heck it isn’t really the new normal. I miss seeing everyone. I miss being able to leave my house and wander nonchalantly around the grocery store or walk up and down the street without turning my back every time a neighbor passes by. I have down days when I’m in a funk and don’t feel like getting dressed until noon. The novelty of cleaning sock drawers and bathroom cabinets is long worn off and the thought of one more news program with a governor or the Task Force is worse than contemplating hip replacement surgery.

I’ll be honest and tell you the truth – I don’t like doing Rotary meetings via Zoom! Geez, at least at a real meeting I don’t have to look at that old lady that’s taken over my house looking back at me the whole time from my computer screen. I’m not happy, I’m not doing OK with it all, but I’m good, if not great. I’ve got a roof over my head, food to eat, projects to work on and good health that let’s me tackle those projects, family and friends that check in on me. And last week's program with Bob Murley was great!  He took us to the moon and back with lots of details from behind the scenes about Saturn V and the Apollo program we would have never known.

This Week Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk

Don't miss getting to know one of our newest members Lynda Guthrie during this week's Zoom Call at our Social.  Lynda joined us as a long time Rotarian and Past President of Healdsburg Rotary. Best part of Rotary is learning more about the special people among us!

Stay Connected

Thankfully our County hasn’t been hard-hit. It is starting to wear on us. Nerves are starting to fray. But I know we’ll get to the other side.  Keep checking in with family and friends and ask, not “how are you doing?” but “what are you feeling?” “How can I help lift your spirits?” Tell them how much you love them and miss them if you haven’t been able to connect in person. Tell them the truth. And above all – Stay Connected, as Rotary Connects the World.

Rotary At Work Day Project - Cards and Letters to Hospice patients

Carolyn Inglis has been in contact with Mary Anne Davis at Hospice in response to their request for personal cards and letters to Hospice patients. They currently have 68 people in hospice care and they will take as many cards and letters that we can provide. She said if people got more than one letter or a card that's just a bonus. We are thinking it would be a special Rotary At Work Day project -- doable at home but together.  Carolyn and Tom will give more information on our Zoom social Thursday at 5:30pm


Hospice of the Foothills
Attention: Volunteer Department
11270 Rough & Ready Hwy
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Other care facilities include:

Spring Hill
355 Joershke
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek
107 Catherine Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Attn: Vicki McDaniel

Home Scavenger Hunt

Since we’ve all been stuck at home, as shared at a Zoom meeting, most of us have been busy cleaning and organizing around the house. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has uncovered long lost “treasures.” I’ve put together a list of items that you may find in your cleaning frenzy. To count, they must be in your house already – no going to the store to purchase anything. Set them aside in a bag or box and when we have our first back to normal meeting we'll check to see who found the most. For those who can’t attend like Dave Bunje, Wally Krill, Chris Geyer and others you can also play. We’re on the Rotarian Honor Code and I’ll take your word (or a picture) that you found them. There will be a special prize for the winner to make it worth it. Check those drawers, shelves, etc. and see if you have any of these items. Keep track of the points. Game ends once the shelter-in-place is lifted!

Scavenger Hunt Items

  • Old Christmas card – extra point for being more than 5 years old
  • Pair of dice
  • Undeveloped roll of film
  • Spool of thread – extra point if on a wooden spool
  • VHS player
  • Analog cellphone
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Food on shelf with expiration date before 2015
  • Food in refrigerator with expiration date older than 2018
  • Floppy disk – 1 point for 3-1/2”, 3 points for 5-1/4” and 10 points for 8”
  • Wooden yard stick from a local hardware store – 20 extra points if it’s from Alpha Hardware
  • Disposable camera
  • Compass
  • Map of Nevada City
  • Slide rule
  • Pair of kids’ scissors
  • Sidewalk chalk – extra point for blackboard chalk
  • Non-digital thermometer
  • Paul Harris Rotary Pin
  • Matchbook
  • Playing cards from a Las Vegas casino
  • Jump rope
  • Monopoly Board game – extra 5 points if a Nevada City Hometown Edition
  • Swim goggles
  • Bobby pin
  • Shoelaces any color other than white, black or brown
  • Incandescent bulb
  • Rotary dial telephone or Princess dial phone
  • Bottle of Geritol
  • Dried up tube of glue
  • Easter egg dye set
  • Flyswatter
  • Fountain pen. Extra 5 points if you have the bottle of ink for it also
  • Compaq MS-DOS instruction manual
  • Carbon paper
  • Word or Excel for Dummies book
  • Maglite
  • VHS or DVD of Shirley Temple or a Disney Cartoon Character (i.e: Little Mermaid, Cinderella) etc.)
  • Geode
  • Fossil (or petrefied poop)
  • Arrowhead
  • Vial with real gold flakes
  • Scented candle
  • Roget’s Thesaurus – actual copy; not on phone or Internet
  • Webster’s Dictionary – actual copy; not on phone or Internet
  • Dog or cat toy
  • Globe of world
  • Chocolate Easter bunny (with ears still intact!)
  • Shampoo or lotion from hotel room
  • Dominos, Jacks or Pick Up Sticks (1 point each)
  • Twenty-three cent stamp
  • Vinyl - Beatles album (5 points), Woodstock album (10 points) Woodstock ticket (25 ponts)
  • Ticket stub from sports game or concert
  • Turpentine
  • Souvenir coffee mug
  • Something made by child/grandchild with name on it (i.e., plate, footprint, apron, etc.)
  • Teapot
  • Nintendo game (any kind) – 25 extra points for first generation
  • Calculator (not on phone)
  • Oil lamp or kerosene lantern
  • Splitting maul
  • Chainsaw
  • Hood ornament from car (not on your car) – extra 5 points for Cadillac hood ornament
  • Bag of Cheetos – remember must be in your house already!
  • Rotary Four-Way Test coin
  • Rotary Past President or President-Elect pin – 5 extra points for AG pin, 20 extra points for DG pin

Also, remember to send the title of a book you are reading or a movie/series you are watching. We’ll be publishing a list of Rotarians’ favorites to help you find something to occupy your time when you’re done with all the “projects.”

Check your email for Zoom instructions ... in fact last week's should work too! We will also resend those instructions on Thursday morning.  If you don't have the Zoom instructions for this week, simply reply to this Rotario email.

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


April 16 Zoom Social at 5:30pm: Lynda Guthrie: Craft Talk

To be rescheduled: 

  • 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 - 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