Staying Connected February 24 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday February 24, Lunch 12:15pm
Jesse Wilson, Nevada County District Attorney
This meeting will be ZOOM ONLY

Celebrating US Presidents and Rotary

Aloha, Nevada City Rotarians! Because this week has a federal holiday designated Presidents’ Day, a little research about Presidents who either were Active or Honorary Rotarians came up with these names:

  • Warren Harding, U.S. President, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President, Rotary Club of Birmingham, AL
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, US President, Rotary Club of Albany, NY
  • John F. Kennedy, US President, Rotary Club of Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Gerald R. Ford, US President, Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, MI

Wannabe Presidents:

  • From my home state, William Jennings Bryan, US Presidential candidate, Rotary Club of Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Presidential candidate, Rotary Club of Springfield, IL

Not U.S. Presidents, but important leaders in two other branches:

  • Earl Warren, Rotary Club of Sacramento, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
  • Harry A. Blackmun, Supreme Court Justice
  • Dianne Feinstein, Rotary Club of San Francisco, CA, U.S. Senator
  • J. William Fulbright, Rotary Club of Fayetteville, AR, U.S. Senator from Arkansas

And then a few other famous Americans came up—not Presidents—but people who might have made fine Presidents:

  • Astronauts Neil Armstrong Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Frank Borman of the Houston Space Centre Rotary Club. In fact, astronaut Frank Borman orbited the moon with a Rotary banner — the farthest distance traveled by a Rotary banner. 
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, a member of the Winchester Rotary Club, carried a small Rotary flag in flight over the South Pole in 1929.
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo of Mayo Clinic, Rotary Club of Rochester, MN
  • Walt Disney, Honorary member Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA
  • Thomas Edison, Honorary member Rotary Club of Orange, New Jersey
  • Norman Vincent Peale, Rotary Club of New York, NY
  • James Cash Penney, Rotary Club of New York, NY
  • Harlan Sanders aka Colonel Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken, founding member of Rotary Club of Jeffersonville, IN 
  • Charles Rudolph Walgreen Jr. of Walgreens, Rotary Club of Chicago, IL
  • Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, Rotary Club of Bentonville, Arkansas

Can’t help mentioning another big name—nothing to do with Presidents’ Day and not even a U.S. citizen, but when he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was named an honorary member of Rotary – making him the first known pope to receive and accept a Rotary club membership.

Bottom line is this:  especially when we get back to meeting in person, look around you to see who might be a good member of Nevada City Rotary. Who knows, that new member might become President of Nevada City Rotary one day, and from there, the sky’s the limit.

Jesse Wilson, Nevada County District Attorney

Our Club program this week is Jesse Wilson, Nevada County District Attorney. Appointed by the Board of Supervisors in July 2021, Jesse is a native of California, attended University of California, Davis for his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law for his law degree, achieving the degree of Juris Doctorate.

Work Experience

Jesse began his career as a legal intern with the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office in July 2010.  Jesse was admitted to the California State Bar in January 2012, and hired as a Nevada County Deputy District Attorney later that year. He was named the Nevada County Prosecutor of the Year in May 2018.  He served the Nevada County community as a Deputy District Attorney for six years, and then moved to El Dorado County in 2018.  He has served as prosecutor on dozens of jury trials to date in his career. 

Vision for Nevada County

Jesse maintains his passion for the law and justice and takes pride in serving the citizens of Nevada County. His focus is on keeping our community a safe and wholesome place that we all love. Jesse understands the importance of the modern prosecutor to be more than just a name on a door, the District Attorney needs to be a participating and proactive member of the community accessible to all. It is also important to remember that the job is not just applying the law but, more importantly, seeing that justice is done in every case.

Speaking of celebrating leaders

Sign up for District Conference and let’s have a party in South Lake Tahoe.  

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

Our Board has approved the return to in person/zoom 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. 

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.  
*Monday, March 28 ONLY 3:45-4:45pm.

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

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 Dave (and Tom)

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

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

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

March 3: Social Hybrid 5:30pm Presidents' Meeting - RETURNING TO IN-PERSON HYBRID 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 Hybrid 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

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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