Staying Connected - April 1 Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday April 1, 2021 - 5:30pm Social

The Food Bank of Nevada County - Nicole McNeeley, Executive Director

During our Looking Back and Looking Ahead program last week, Carolyn Feuille updated us on the status of our Club’s grant to support health services in Los Barriles. Chris Geyer joined from Los Barriles and shared his appreciation for our continued partnership especially given the challenges this last year. The Centro de Salud Clinic needs physiotherapy equipment and tools to treat patients with chronic osteoarthritis pain. We are donating $1,000 to support the Centro de Salud, and some club members are making personal donations to add to this grant. If you would like to add your contribution to this worthy cause, you can let Club Treasurer Tom Ryan know how much your donation is and he will add that to the funds to be sent to Los Barriles.  Tom needs this information by April 2.

Over the last several months, our Club has developed a close relationship with the Food Bank of Nevada County, starting with our donation of a mega-pallet of canned food in response to their urgent need for supplies to feed their clients.  That led to our highly successful canned food drive and then to our work days packing food boxes for delivery to clients.  For our program this week, Food Bank executive director Nicole McNeeley will tell us more about the Food Bank’s programs to support our community.

Nicole has resided in Nevada County for the past thirty-nine years. She is a graduate of Sierra College and Chico State University. Her extensive experience working with local non-profit agencies and assisting with fund-raising campaigns proved valuable for managing the Food Bank of Nevada County, an organization she had been involved in for a decade.

Nicole's passion for feeding people and helping families requiring nutritional support inspires her goal to provide healthy food to Nevada County's food insecure population. She loves exploring the region's wonderful landscape with her three sons, and derives fulfillment from being able to give back to her hometown

Area 4 Speech Contest - Wednesday April 7

Our Area 4 Speech Contest will be held via Zoom on Wednesday April 7.  Six students will compete in one of two sessions from 12 noon - 2pm and 4pm - 6pm.  If you would like to listen to the contests, please contact AG Lindy Beatie at and she will forward the Zoom links to you.

Spring Clean Up in Nevada City

April 1st kicks off the first day of Nevada City’s annual Spring Clean Up, a fun community-building event.

During the month local businesses, residents, building owners, the City of Nevada City and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce will team up for a month long clean up of downtown Nevada City and the 7-Hills Business District.

Projects include power-washing sidewalks, painting curbs, building planter boxes, planting hanging baskets and planters, weeding, racking of leaves, and painting storefronts. Nevada City Public Works will over see larger projects such as the cleaning of gas lamps and new signage.

Workdays will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-11:30am throughout the month of April.

Project Days
April 1st – Painting Curbs in NC, Cultural Flags, Planters
April 6th & 8th – Finish Painting Curbs in NC, Weeding, Planters
April 13th & 15th – Painting Storefronts, Planters, Painting Curbs in 7-Hills, Weeding 7-hills
April 20th & 22nd – Painting Storefronts, Pioneer Park projects
April 27th & 29th – Power-wash sidewalks
*suggested, not limited to

If you want to participate, volunteers can sign up for workdays using 211 Connecting Point, emailing, calling (530) 265-2692 or can show up at the Commercial Street Parking Lot the morning of each workday.

Miners Trail and/or Penzance Park
Or grab a couple Rotary buddies and head to Miners Trail or Penzance Park for spring cleaning along the properties we have adopted. 

Volunteers are asked to bring their own mask, work gloves, and water. Tools and other supplies will be provided. In adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, masks will need to be worn and social distancing will be maintained among volunteers.

Around our District

District 5190 RALLYE Week May 1-8, 2021

Early bird prizes are going fast... Click to Register

You still have a good chance of being one of the first 200 people to register and qualify for the bonus goody package for the Early Birds registrants!

Enjoy this cute RALLYE teaser with Shauna Gates, D5190 Public Image Team...

Open Conversations about Leadership!

Expand your career opportunities. Appreciate your strengths and skillsets. Discover your special gifts.
Welcome one and all! Calling anyone and everyone who is interested in leadership in general or personal leadership development. Click the event title for session access to PDG Gail Ellingwood and DG Berta Pickett's next Leadership program. 

Rotary International advocates involvement with COVID-19 vaccination

We ask you to encourage your club to:

  • Use Rotary’s knowledge of vaccine safety and efficacy based on our polio eradication experience to support vaccination efforts in your communities. This will need to be tailored to local contexts to address unique cultural and regional needs.
  • As vaccine distribution begins in your country, partner with local organizations or health authorities to offer your club’s support with vaccination efforts as required.
  • Help combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation. Advocacy in our communities is critical — we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to protect lives.
  • Stop the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to engage in projects supporting mask-wearing, distancing, proper hygiene practices, and donations of personal protective equipment — before and after vaccination. 

Please take a moment to view the above video message, and share with your networks. As your club gets involved with local vaccination or COVID-19 prevention efforts, please add your project on Rotary Showcase (please log in to My Rotary first, and navigate to Rotary Showcase).

[And yes, our Mask GiveAway projects are on Showcase!]

We look forward to learning how your club is working to support vaccination efforts in order to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

Thank you.

Holger Knaack                                                                       K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                                Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Your Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Thank you Treasurer Tom Ryan for your ongoing diligence with our finances.  And thank you Club members for following the Four Way Test with your pledges to our Club!  If you have questions, Tom R is happy to discuss your statement with you.

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.

Prez Tom

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

April 1 Social: Foundation Moment
Nicole McNeeley: The Food Bank of Nevada County

April 7 (Wednesday) Area Speech Contest 12:00-2:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm.  Contact Lindy Beatie if you want the links to observe the competitions.

April 8 Lunch: US Dept. of State speakers: Jeff Hale and Abraham Wise, US Relations with Latin America

April 15 Social:  PP Cathy: Nevada City History; Prez Tom: Rotary Historical Anecdote

April 18: (Sunday) Area Music contest via Zoom

April 22:  EARTH DAY!  SAVE THE DATE!  A Club Project digging in the dirt together to rebuild Woolman School's farm that was destroyed by the Jones Fire.

April 29: Fifth Thursday- Dark

May 6: Social  Foundation Moment; Stephanie Lewis - Robotics Update

May 13-Lunch - A.G. Timothy Massawe,  Rotary Club of  Hai-Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

May 20-Social: Merrill Glustrom (Boulder Rotary Club) Recycled Computers for Palestine

May 27: Lunch--Elias Funez- The Union

June 17: Social- Ramona Howard from Nevada County Media “Update during Pandemic”

June 24: Demotion Day - Details to Come!

July 1: Social  Co-Presidents Tom Ryan and Dave Denney

July 8- -Lunch: Foundation Moment

July 15: Social PRIP Ian Riseley- Rotary International and our new Avenue of Service

Special Dates


  Walt Stickel 4/01     
  John Hensley 4/11     

Club Leadership

President: Tom Milam
Presidents-Elect: Tom Ryan / Dave Denney
Presidents-Nominee: Carolyn Feuille / Chris Newsom
President-Nominee-Designate: Kim Stewart
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: Cathy WIlcox-Barnes
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom & Nancy Kemp
Director-At-Large: PDG Doug McDonald

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 April 19 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