Staying Connected February 10 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday February 10 - 12:15pm Lunch
Jennifer Singer, New Youth Center for Nevada County
This meeting will be ZOOM ONLY

Is your reaction to some morning newscasts the same as mine—that the world is going to hell in a hand basket? Fortunately, the counterpoint to that woebegone drone is watching young people compete in the Olympics. Just as Rotary is an international organization, this international competition represents the best of the present and the hope for the future. Gayle and I found ourselves rooting for our country’s amazingly talented competitors but also admiring other countries’ amazing young talent, such as a 15-year-old Russian skater who landed a “quad”! That these hopefuls have dedicated themselves for years to being the best at what they do, and that they continue toward their goal in spite of Covid’s huge shadow provides me with the hope that the best may be yet to come.

And speaking of youthful competition and hope for the future, our Vocational Services committee has begun to read NJUHSD scholarship applications online, with a goal of making selections by an early April deadline. Reading student essays is a specific reminder of the way this pandemic has challenged our local students. This coming spring, Nevada City Rotary will award three scholarships, two for $750 each and a third for $1500. A fourth scholarship for $1500 will also be awarded.  The funds for this scholarship, now held by the school district foundation, was set up years ago from the efforts of a Nevada City Rotarian. Our club continues to provide direction and decision-making over these funds. This year, the committee with board approval redirected this “Buckle Up” scholarship to be awarded to a young person whose goal is to study fire science. The funds that we have raised are well spent in helping secure financial aid for four high school seniors.

Despite a pandemic’s challenges, we can be inspired by those who continue to do their best, including many in our very own Rotary Club!

In Service With Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of Bright Futures for Youth, is returning as our speaker this week to tell us about some very exciting volunteer opportunities for us at the new Youth Center opening soon on McCourtney Road.

When Jennifer met with us in October she touched on the vision to move the Youth Center to the former Silver Springs High School campus near the Nevada County Fairgrounds later in 2022. The center will offer after-school, occasional weekend activities, and other events for youth in western Nevada County.  But before that happens, the space needs some modest renovation with community support. She will share more about the Center and what is needed for the move to happen.

Bright Futures for Youth was created in 2020 with the merger of The Friendship Club and the NEO Youth Center, which started in 2008, expanded to include The SAFE (Stability, Access, Foundation, Empowerment) program supporting homeless youth in our community.

Food Distribution with Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

We also have an opportunity to hand out Food Packets in February and March:

  • Tuesday, Feb 22 - Thursday, Feb 24
  • Monday, March 28 - Thursday March 31st. 

In our meeting room in the Litton Building from 5:30-6:45pm.  

If you are interested in signing up for any of those slots please contact Nancy ASAP as these opportunities fill up quickly.

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

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. 

REMINDER - Please send in your Happy Sad/Bucks

February is rolling along!  If you haven't paid your January Bucks do so today!  Those paying Club dues semi-annually are due also. Moving forward we are simplifying our accounting operations and are employing the Four Way Test individual accounting for Happy/Sad Bucks.  You will not be billed for your Happy Sad/Bucks pledges.  We ask that you track your own pledges and submit your payment at the end of each month.  Here is a Happy/Sad Bucks tracking form you can download and use to track your pledges.  The link is also available from our website under Resources in the lower left column of every web page. Some Club Members are making a month pledge to keep it simple for them.  As always, payments go to Nevada City Rotary, PO Box 74, Nevada City, CA 95959

Thanks for sharing you and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck pledges to our Club!

Recycling bins around town

Not only have we blasted through 1,000 lbs of plastics against our goal of 500 lbs in 6 months — we collected 472 lbs in the month of January alone! 

A big thank you to Bob Murley who has joined our collection team. We just added a bin at Peace Luthern Church.  Add your clean stretchable plastics to other bins around town - Briar Patch, B&C, the Library, Restore, Nevada City and Wolf Creek/Grass Valley CoHousing.

And a big thank you to Briar Patch Communications team who created new more effective labeling for our bin!

Read more on what can and cannot be collected at Nevada City Rotary TREX Recycling Program.

Stay connected and informed

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

CoP Dave (and Tom )

Photo Credits:, Bright Futures for Youth,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

February 10: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Executive Director Jennifer Singer on new Youth Center, opening soon on McCourtney Road, and some of the volunteer opportunities for Rotarians.

February 17: Social ZOOM ONLY: 5:30pm Robert Trent of Sierra Commons

February 24: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

March 10: Lunch TBD 12:15pm Kimberly Parker - SNMH Foundation- Update on Foundation and Hospital

March 24: Lunch TBD 12:15pm Sierra Harvest -  Aimee Rentzler

April 14 Lunch TBD 12:15pm Shannan Moon - Nevada County Sheriff

April 20 Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by 49er Breakfast Rotary

June 16: Demotion Party at Chris and Bill Newsom's Home

Special Dates


Judy Soldavini 2/28   Carolyn Inglis and Mike          2/12
Carolyn Inglis 2/28     

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: Walt Stickel
Public Image: Walt Stickel
Youth Service: Kim Stewart
Vocational Service: Gayle Denney

Club Service:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Nancy Kemp
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 meeting will be February 15  at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  (Moved to Tuesday to enjoy Valentine's Day with loved ones!) We intend to do a Zoom link for anyone who cannot 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 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

Watch Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID above for scheduling changes.

*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 serving food regularly. — 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