Staying Connected - April 8 Lunch

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday April 8, 2021 - 12:15pm Lunch

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

 MIM Music Contest Showcase - Friday April 9 at 7pm

For a number of years our Club has had close relationships with our neighbors to the south.

We have our sister Club in Los Barriles, where many of us have journeyed to support programs that benefit the local Baja communities. Years before that, our Club sponsored the San Jose Los Cabos Club and hosted a number of wheelchair and medical clinic projects.  

This year we started an educational grant to support Wendy, a young indigenous girl from Guatemala who wants to continue her education with the goal of becoming a doctor.

In the past couple of months we have had the opportunity to attend two virtual Project Fairs, in Colombia and Panama, to learn how we can develop new partnerships in service with Rotary clubs in Central and South America.

And of course many of our individual Club members have close ties with people and places in Central and South America.

With that in mind, this week’s program brings us two guest speakers from the U.S. Department of State, who will bring us up to date on our government’s relations with Latin America.

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

Join us for what is sure to be a very informative program focusing on US Relations with Latin America.  This presentation serves to develop our understanding of current issues in the Latin American region and what the U.S. State Department is doing to enhance relations with our Latin American neighbors.

The speakers Jeff Hale and Abraham Wise are experienced diplomats in the Office of Central American Affairs. One has worked in several countries, and now serves as Economic Officer with the Central America Strategy Team.  The other has worked in Mexico, focusing on drug trafficking and managing tourism.  He now manages public relations with the countries of Central America.  His experience of having friends in RYE helped him become interested in an international career.

Area 4 & MIM Music Contest Showcase - Friday April 9 at 7pm

This year's Music competition was a joint endeavor with Music in the Mountains (MIM), where students were able to enter into both contests with a single entry.  9 high school aged contestants participated in the Rotary portion of the contest and the judges have selected the 1st-place Rotary winner based on their video submissions. Winners will be announced during the April 9th virtual concert premiering at 7pm, on the Music in the Mountains YouTube channel, which will feature the top twelve competition videos.

During the virtual showcase, the overall winner will be granted the MIM Paul Perry Award in honor and memory of MIM’s founding Artistic Director. This prize was open to all competitors. The showcase will feature 14 of this year’s competitors including the first, second, & third prize winners in the junior and high school divisions, the Rotary Prize winner, and several honorable mentions. The Rotary Prize winner is the top entry from a Western Nevada County high school. The Rotary winner will advance to the Rotary District Competition, where the top prizes are $1000, $500, and $250.

The showcase will premiere at at 7:00 PM on Friday, April 9th and will be available through the weekend to view. 

Click icon to RSVP for Showcase Link

Area 4 Speech Contest

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.  A recording of the contest will be published for viewing later.

Spring Clean Up in Nevada City

Nevada City’s annual Spring Clean Up is under way and is a fun community-building event to spruce up our city. Projects include power-washing sidewalks, painting curbs, building planter boxes, planting hanging baskets and planters, weeding, raking of leaves, and painting storefronts.

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

Hurry up and register for RALLYE 2021 to get your swag on!!  You can see the amazing District 5190 Governor Roberta Pickett is delighted at the one she just received. These are limited items and they are going quick so don't wait to register or you will miss the limited swag bag.
Early bird prizes are going fast... Hurry Up and 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!

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 7 (Wednesday) Area Speech Contest  - Recording will be made available.

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

April 9 (Friday) MIM and Area Music Contest Showcase 7:00pm

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

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 3: Social

June 10: Lunch: Foundation Moment

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

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