Staying Connected - February 18 Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday February 18, 2021 - 5:30pm Social

Author Gage McKinney: Tribute Mining –
The contract system of labor which saved our local mines 

1,100 lbs of Food for Food Bank of Nevada County

WOW!  Our two hour drive-through food collection event resulted in 1,100 lbs. of food donations and around $200 in cash for the Food Bank of Nevada County!  Food Bank Director Nicole McNeely was amazed and deeply appreciative that we collected so much needed food for their programs.  As you can see in the photos and videos, we filled her mini-van!

Great job fellow Rotarians!  Thanks to everybody who came out on a beautiful day for our event, and thanks to everybody that contributed food and money to support the Food Bank.

And special thanks to fellow Rotarian Dave Robinson for the use of his auto repair shop parking lot.

Nicole McNeely - ED Food Bank thanks Nevada City Rotary  Free Lunch in Nevada County from the Food Bank  Giving when they can - The Union Feb 16 2021

Click above images for videos and the Union home page.

Restaurant raffle drawing Lucky Raffle Winner and Food Drive!

Our lucky winner was none other than Rotary Youth Scholar Courtney Andes-McCullough! Courtney graduated from Ghidotti and Sierra College with an AA.  She went on to Cal Poly and has recently graduated. She is now preparing for her CPA exam before launching her career in the Sacramento area. 

Click the video icon to see Jason Jillson of The Ham Stand draw her lucky ticket!

Author Gage McKinney: Tribute Mining

Gage McKinney has written seven books about the social, economic and cultural histories of mining settlements, including MacBoyle's Gold, The 1930s: No Depression Here, and Gold Mining Genius. His subjects include New Almaden and the Northern Mines region of the Sierra, including Nevada, Sierra, Plumas and Placer counties. Gage recently won the John Townley Award from the Mining History Association for his article "Order L-208: The Closing of America's Gold Mines In World War II." 

This week, Gage returns to our Club to share more of his rich stories about gold in our county. He will focus on how the system of paying miners a portion (or tribute) of the value of the ore known as "Tribute Mining" kept the mines solvent. Gage always comes with fascinating tales and well-documented historical facts!

Membership - we want to hear from you

Last call!  Cathy is collecting your Membership Surveys. If you have not yet had a chance to complete and return your membership survey, please take a few minutes to do that now. Your Club leadership team truly values the input of all members as we plan for the coming year.  Please return directly to Cathy or to

Cathy will talk about membership and go over the results of the survey during our meeting next week, February 25.

Can't find your email, click 2021 Membership Survey to download and complete your survey.

Around the District

RIPN Jennifer Jones

Saturday morning’s program with RIPN Jennifer Jones was a great session.  If you missed it, you can still listen to a recording of the program by clicking the icon of RIPN Jones.

District 5190 RALLYE Week May 1-8, 2021

Join us for RALLYE 2021! Add some more JOY to your Rotary JOurneY, and prepare to cruise into the year ahead, and most of all, come celebrate the opportunity to be together with our Rotary friends and be inspired by world class speakers. This year's District Conference and Leadership Learning will be held virtually on the weekend of May 1-2 and May 8. An awesome opportunity to celebrate our Rotary year, learn more about Rotary. Click the icon to learn more and 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!

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.
Starting in January 2021, PDG Gail Ellingwood and DG Berta Pickett began holding an “open leadership conversation" for anyone interested in learning more about leadership in general (not necessarily leadership for Rotary). Click the event title for session access.

Leadership: Servant Leader

On-Line Via ZOOM
Feb 25, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panama Virtual International Project Fair 

One more virtual International Project Fair from Panama, February 18-20 To register, visit

Please contact Carolyn Feuille if you have questions:

Stay in the Know With Nevada County Vaccine Rollout

If you are wondering about how and when to get your COVID vaccine, Nevada County has provided a way for you to get the latest information sent to you as soon as it is publicized. All that you need to do is send a text to this six character number 898211 and only include the message VACCINEINFO and you will receive information and updates from Nevada County Public Health related to COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada County.

For information on the Tiered Vaccinate Nevada County plan, visit MyNevadaCounty Get Vaccine Information.  Bookmark this page for updates on where we are in our local vaccine rollout. If you have questions about which vaccination tier you fall into, call 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 to speak to a local call center agent, 24/7 in English or Spanish.

NEWS FLASH:  The MyTurn website is now active for Western Nevada County. Even if you have previously registered with the MyTurn website, you may want to go back early in the week and check for an appointment instead of waiting until the system notifies you that appointments are available.

Hear Dr Kellermann in Vaccinate Nevada County Town Hall with YubaNet

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is now underway. YubaNet's Pascal Fusshoeller moderated a very informative Town Hall Meeting with Dr Scott Kellermann – Nevada County's new Public Health Officer,  Dr. Alinea Stevens – Chape De, Dr. Brian Evans – Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital along with Ryan Gruver and Jill Blake – Nevada County Health & Human Services to provide accurate information about vaccine availability, the logistics behind the effort and to answer audience questions about the COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada County. 

Who can get the vaccine and when? How will you know when you are eligible? Is it safe? Is it mandatory? Is it free? Watch the video at Vaccinate Nevada County.

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

February 18  Social- Gage McKinney - Tribute Miners

February 25  Lunch- Cathy Wilcox-Barnes- Membership

March 4: Social Tracy Pepper of Color Me Human

March 11: Lunch:  "Days for Girls" with Ramona Delmas of Bishop Sunrise, and Lynda Guthrie/ Carolyn   Feuille

March 18: Social: Mar. 18- Social- Yavuz Atila: Protecting the Environment: Rotary’s New Area of Focus and ESRAG.

March 25  Lunch: TBD

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

April 7 (Wednesday) Area Speech Contest

April 8 Lunch: US Dept. of State speaker:  US Relations with Latin America

April 15 Social: Cameron Redford:  Black Hives Matter (NC Beekeeper)

Special Dates


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

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 March 15 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