Staying Connected January 27 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday January  27 — Lunch 12:15pm
Bob Miller and Jacque Bromm, Wolf Creek Lodge - Cohousing 101
This meeting will be ZOOM ONLY


Have you noticed that we’re getting older? That question relates to the Nevada City Rotary Club’s years since being chartered —1935— and current club members’ average age. Two current situations both internationally and locally also make me aware of time moving on.

For instance, this is the first pandemic since 1918, and most of us are old enough to be able to comprehend the concept of “100 years ago.” But here is something pretty mind blowing: do you realize that 1970 and 2022 are as far apart as 1970 and 1918? I really had to stop and consider that one when I read it!

The recent snow was a “50-year storm,” and most of us can easily think back 50 years to where we were then and what we were doing. (We do have a couple of members who were pre-toddlers or toddlers 50 years ago.) Looking at the snow berm made by the county snowplow and then at my snow shovel made me contemplate my age!

Where am I going with this? Our small but mighty club is also remarkably energetic “for our age.”  Some members are picking up pounds of plastic, sorting it, and heading it toward the Trex Corporation for reuse. We’ve been standing in the cold Food Bank and boxing up canned goods for distribution. We’ve raked and shoveled and weeded to help out Woolman School. One of our members—well it’s Co-Pres. Tom—even left home during snowmaggeden to pick up a load of much needed firewood and drive it out to Cascade Shores!

A heads-up: I’m known for liking to tell stories about things that happened in the past, and we’re all going to have an opportunity to do this at our first meeting in February. Because we’ll be zooming in instead of meeting at Litton, you need to save your white elephants for a later date. Instead, start preparing for being part of the program on February 3 by being ready to tell a Rotary story—either about a make-up meeting at another club or a Rotary experience that stands out in your mind. And speaking of February, we will continue to zoom throughout the month of February.

But this week, I look forward to hearing the history of co-housing at Wolf Creek in Grass Valley.  It’s an old concept in some other countries, but just 10 years old here. So, what’s old can be new again! You’re as young as you think! Rotarians find the energy to keep on serving!

Cohousing 101 with Bob Miller and Jacque Bromm Wolf Creek Lodge

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods that combine extensive common facilities with private homes to create strong and successful housing developments. Most of these communities are organized as townhouse or condominium developments with a homeowners association; a few are organized as cooperatives. Cohousing is a descriptive term that shows the intent of these developments to cultivate a strong sense of community through extensive common facilities and active collaboration of the residents.

Bob Miller and Jacque Bromm are founding members of Wolf Creek Lodge Cohousing Community in Grass Valley.  Both are active in local, regional and national cohousing organizations and are currently providing support to groups who are organizing new cohousing communities in Auburn and elsewhere.

In Service With Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

Community Service Director Nancy reminds us that the following schedule has been filled for handing out food at the Litton Building for Bright Futures for Youth

Tues (Jan 25):  Tom R and Ken
Wed (Jan 26): Chris and Carolyn
Thur (Jan 27): Lynda and Nancy

TIME IS NOW 5:30-6:45  (was to 7:30)

Location still Litton Building 3rd floor.

February & March

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. 

Times are currently scheduled from 5:30-7:30pm.  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. 


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

We are approaching 1,000 lbs — well beyond our 500 lbs in 6 months goal — of plastics!!! Add your clean stretchable plastics to our bins around town - Briar Patch, B&C, the Library, Restore, Nevada City and Wolf Creek/Grass Valley CoHousing or bring them to Robin at our hybrid meetings. 

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: - Tomasz Mikolajczyk,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

January 27: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Co-Housing 101 - Bob Miller

February 3: Social ZOOM ONLY: 5:30pm Co-Presidents Favorite Rotary Stories

February 10: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm

February 17: Social ZOOM ONLY: 5:30pm

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

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


 Carla Burke 1/13   John Woodford and Janna 1/1

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