Staying Connected February 17 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday February 17 - 5:30pm Social
Robert Trent of Sierra Commons
This meeting will be ZOOM ONLY

Here we are in the middle of February and it seems as though change is in the air.  Dave and Gayle have flown off to their annual sojourn in Hawaii.  Carolyn and Chris are making final plans for their big adventure in just two weeks for a PETS weekend in San Jose and I’ve just made reservations at Harrah’s in Tahoe for District Conference, April 29 – May 1.  Whenever there is preparation for PETS and District Conference the reality sets in for me that the sunset for this Rotary year is just over the horizon and the dawning of a new year is about to take place.  What an exciting time.

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The first half of this year hasn’t gone anywhere near as planned with COVID restrictions hanging on and Zoom once again becoming a way of life, but the good news is that it appears that restrictions are about to be eased.  We have had to cancel Hungry Games for the second year in a row and the District Healthy Water Grant has officially been cancelled and yet our club and its many active committees remain a buzz of activity and planning.  Lending a hand to Bright Futures for Youth handing out groceries, collecting stretchable plastic, processing scholarships, staying in touch with our global scholar in Cambridge and planning a lithium ion products collection are just some of the things that keep us busy.  The board meets tonight to discuss alternate projects to support in lieu of the Healthy Water Project and to work out support for a matching District Grant to support the BFFY’s new youth center.

We remain confident that there is a good fund-raising opportunity for us out there and don’t be surprised if it manages to manifest itself in the very near future with the guidance and nourishment of our very dedicated fundraising committee.

When Dave and I sat down to work out a plan for “our year” we knew that there were going to be challenges, but we had big hopes and dreams for the future of our club.  We have had setbacks, but we have survived and our biggest hope, that the club remain strong and vibrant and willing and able to be of service, is a goal that is achieved every day of every week throughout the year.  The gift that this Rotary family bestows upon each other and those that we serve is truly the tie that binds and is the gift that keeps on giving.

Speaking of giving, sign up for District Conference and let’s have a party in Tahoe.  At last check there were still a few openings for some 1 ½ hour shifts handing out food March 28 – March 31 at the Litton Building, February’s slots are all filled. 

Sierra Commons with Founder and Executive Director Robert Trent

This week, Robert Trent will speak about Sierra Commons - a Nevada City based business ignitor and coworking office space, he founded in 2009. Sierra Commons supports business owners, freelancers, and remote workers by providing business education, turn-key office infrastructure, and business acumen through mentoring and community building. Robert says:

"Helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams is what I love to do.

As the founder and Executive Director of Sierra Commons, I am surrounded by hundreds of inspired entrepreneurs.  I believe helping them plan, launch, and grow their businesses is my professional calling."

Club Returns to Hybrid as of March 3 - Special Zoom meeting February 21 5:00 - 6:00pm

Our Board has approved the return to Hybrid meetings as of Thursday, March 3.  Please understand that until the volatility of the pandemic has clearly diminished, we will continue to not serve food and drinks during the onsite hybrid meetings. 

Do you have ideas and thoughts about how to improve our Hybrid meeting experience? Join us in a Zoom call on Monday February 21 at 5:00pm.  The Zoom link will be the same one we use for regular Club meetings.  Robin will send an invitation and link to Club members. 

Food Distribution with Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

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

  • Tuesday, Feb 22 - Thursday, Feb 24 (full)
  • 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!  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.   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. The ES committee will extend the program for another 6 months beyond April while we work with Waste Management around other options.

Add your clean stretchable plastics to other bins around town - Briar Patch, B&C, the Library, Restore, Peace Lutheran, 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 Tom (and Dave)

Photo Credits:  District 5190, Bright Futures for Youth,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

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

February 24: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm  Jesse Wilson, Nevada County District Attorney

March 3: Social Hybrid 5:30pm Presidents' Meeting

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

March 17: Social Hybrid 5:30pm Club Speech Contest

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

March 31: Dark

April 1: Lunch 12:00 noon Area Speech Contest Grass Valley United Methodist Church

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

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

April 28: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

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 March 14  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