Staying Connected - In the DARK September 30

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday September 30, 2021 - Fifth Thursday DARK - No Meeting

Today is a milestone achievement for our club.  At 4:00 PM this afternoon our Global Scholar, Evani Radya-Dixit, with visa in hand and grant money in her bank is wheels up and headed for Cambridge, United Kingdom and the adventure of a lifetime.  Before she left, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all of you for making this possible.

As I take a little time to revel in the satisfaction of the moment it also gives opportunity to reflect on just why is it that I joined Rotary in the first place.  Of course, this is one of those moments, but the real underlaying reason and the foundation of my Rotary experience is the opportunity to work with people like you to make things like this happen over and over again and that we do.  Congratulations to us all, each and every one.

Throughout the process I had the opportunity not only to meet and work with Evani, but also to work with my fellow International Grants Sponsor Committee Members, Tom M. and Carolyn F., who will continue to fulfill their responsibilities for the duration of the grant.  I was tasked with corresponding with Rotarians in the UK in the search for a Host Club and I also received help, support and guidance from some District folk, Bill B., Wyn S., and our own Doug Mc, who got us through the grant application and then had direct communication with other District and RI folks to see that our application was approved.  All in all, a great team effort and I was the beneficiary of having expanded my Rotary experience and adding to my scrapbook of memories that will live on in my head forever.

So, I guess that the real reason that I joined Rotary is for me.  By engaging the opportunities provided to be of Service Above Self and by making a big difference or a small difference to someone else, our community or the planet, I reap the benefits.  I feel the joy, I feel the satisfaction, I feel the accomplishment and just like the Grinch, each time there is a bit of joy my heart grows a little that day.

As a club president I want all of us to feel the satisfaction of accomplishment that comes through engagement.  It was Dave’s and my goal at the beginning of the year to have every member of the club involved in the planning and participation in something going on within the club.  Listed below is your Board of Directors and each Avenue of Service Director is chairing a very active and vibrant committee that meets on a regular basis to plot and plan various opportunities for all of us to engage in.  If you haven’t joined a committee pick one out and try it on.  This is not a request to become overwhelmed in all things Rotary it is meant to be a gentle reminder that you can join a gym and pay your dues but if you don’t participate at the gym, it doesn’t do your heart any good.  Rotary is a lot like a gym.

Nevada City Rotary achieved RI President's Rotary Citation for 2020-2021

More congratulations are in order for the wonderfulness of all of us and our Club.  Yesterday, PP Tom M, received notification from RI that the Rotary Club of Nevada City had earned and is awarded a Rotary Citation for his year 2020 – 2021.  The notice came with these words: 

Congratulations! Your club has earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2020-21. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.

Absolutely fantastic and well deserved.

It is also a special moment seeing fellow Club members partner together in the name of Rotary to make a difference. That is the case with the toilets project in Tanzania . Once again Dennis Geare, Lynda Guthrie, Tom and Robin Milam, Susie Monary-Wilson and John Wilson have pooled personal funds to raise another $1,000 to further the completion of the toilets for the Baruti school.

Just a quick reminder that we are 5th Thursday Dark this week so that gives you plenty of time to work on your share at our first meeting in October because remember, we are the program and our programs have very high standards.

I’m feeling a little long winded so I’ll close with the last lines of a 2005 Jack Johnson song:
“There is no song I could sing, no combination of words I could say, but I’ll tell you one thing, we’re better together.”

Join the Rotary Plant-Rich Diet Challenge October 1- 15, 2021

The 15-day Rotary Plant Rich Diet Challenge begins October 1st.  Sign up now if you want to participate.  Those who have already signed up have gotten Starter Kits with recipes, data and lots of related information.  We invite Club members, family and friends to sign up for this challenge at We will receive new recipes, cooking demonstrations along with insights from nutritionists and scientists on eating a diet that is healthy for you and our planet. Expect to make new discoveries!  For more information visit the Plant-Rich Diet Challenge.

Glow in the Dark Golf Ball Drop - Friday October 1

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley South is hosting their annual Glow in the Dark Golf Ball Drop on Friday, October 1.  This is a fun way to help our local clubs raise monies for scholarships, youth services, community projects and so much more!  And if you are lucky, you could be their $1,000 grand prize winner!

The tickets are $20 a piece and checks can be made payable to Rotary Club of GV South and mailed to PO Box 351, Grass Valley, CA 95945 if folks need that info. They can email Norma Moore <>, or Melissa Collins <> and they are happy to assign them tickets and email the copies to them.

Nevada County Drive Through Flu Clinic - Tuesday October 5

A big thank you to all who are volunteering next week!

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Check your email (maybe even your "junk" folder) for your September invoices that went out last week -- Treasurer John Wilson is doing his due diligence on our behalf once again. 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 and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck pledges to our Club!

Stay connected and informed

Robin monitors our email. You can direct questions to that email or to your Club Presidents. 

CoP Tom (and Dave)

Photos Credits: - OpenClipart-Vectors and Bilal EL-Daou,, ESRAG and

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

Zoom through at least September 23, 2021

September 30  5th Thursday Dark

October 5: 9:00 - 5:00 Nevada County Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

October 7 Social HYBRID - TBD:  Co-presidents’ hosted Social Meeting

October 14 Lunch HYBRID - TBD: Jenn Singer:  Bright Futures For Youth

October 24 - World Polio Day

October 21 Social HYBRID - TBD: Chris LaCentra: GI Junk

October 28 Lunch HYBRID - TBD:- Phil Mahoney, District 5190 Polio Plus Chair

November 4: Social HYBRID: DG Anita Daniels Governor Visit 5:30pm;
pre-meeting with 3:30pm Exec Committee and 4:00pm Board

November 24:  - Thanksgiving with our Families and Friends

April 20, 2022 Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by John Baker & 49er Rotary

Special Dates


 Cathy Wilcox-Barnes 9/03   Carolyn Feuille and Bob 9/04
      Walt Stickel and Sandy 9/09
      Kim Stewart and Mike 9/10
      Nathan Leishman and Stephanie 9/27

Club Leadership

Co-Presidents:  Tom Ryan & Dave Denney
Presidents-Elect: Carolyn Feuille & Chris Newsom
President-Nominee: Kim Stewart
Past President: Tom Milam
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: John Wilson
Public Image: Walt Stickel
Youth Service: Kim Stewart
Vocational Service: Gayle Denney

Club Service:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Susie Monary- Wilson
Environmental Sustainability: Chris Newsom
International Service: Carolyn Feuille
Foundation: Lynda Guthrie
Membership: Dennis Geare
Program Chairs: Chris 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

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 second Monday of the month at 5:00pm at John Hensley's Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties office at 432 Broad St. Nevada City. Our next meeing will be October 11 at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  We intend to do a Zoom link for anyone who can not participate in person.  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 via Zoom until after September 24 - same schedule as Live/Hybrids

Thursday Meetings - at Litton Engineering, 3rd Floor, 200 Litton Drive, GV
1st & 3rd Thursdays for Social Mixer at 5:30pm and
2nd & 4th Thursday for Lunch Meeting at 12:15pm

*The Board is still sorting through logistics and related food costs with our new venue.
Announcement about new plans will be made when we return to Hybrid meetings. — 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