Staying Connected - July 2 5:30pm Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom:  Thursday July 2 at 5:30pm

Rotary Opens Opportunities Launch with President Tom
Club Assembly and Board Induction

Happy New Year!

July 1 marks the start of the Rotary year, with a new leadership team: 

  • At the highest level, Rotary International has a new President with Holger Knaack. 
  • Our district 5190 has a new District Governor with Roberta Pickett.
  • In our Area 4, we have a new Assistant Governor with Lindy Beatie.
  • Our Club of Nevada City has a new President with Tom Milam, but of course you already knew that!

As I have prepared to take over the leadership of our Club, I have worked with Club members, including many of those who held positions on the Board for President Cathy’s latest term, to formulate the Club Board of Directors that will assist me in leading our Club during the coming year.  Many of the positions on the Board will continue to be held by last year’s leaders, and there will be a few changes.

Here is a list of the members of our Board of Directors for 2020-2021:

Executive Committee  
President Elect
Immediate Past President

Tom Milam
Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Robin Milam
Tom Ryan
Walt Stickel

Avenues of Service  
Youth Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Community Service
Club Service & Social
Nathan Leishman with
support from John Wilson
Carolyn Feuille / Lynda Guthrie
Nicole Dillard / TBD
Carolyn Inglis / TBD
Judy Soldavini / Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Membership and Club Engagement    
Public Image
Carla Burke with support from
Dennis Geare & PDG Doug McDonald
Chris Newsom / Nancy Kemp
Chris Newsom / Dennis Geare
Michael Young / Robin Milam
Michael Young
TBD when live meetings resume

From the list of Chairs of Avenues of Service and Committees and other Board members, you can see that many of the positions have a Co-Chair listed.  This is a practice that was started by previous Presidents, and which I heartily endorse.  It spreads the workload while providing valuable training for Club members and ensures a strong succession of leadership into the future.  We have a couple of open positions for co-chairs.  Please contact me or the current committee chair if you are interested in serving our Club as a co-chair or as a committee member.  

During our Social on Thursday July 2, we will hold an Induction Ceremony for the incoming Board.  A big thank you to PDG Dave Denney who will officiate the induction.  Once our new Board is officially installed, we will proceed to the Club Assembly for the rest of the meeting.

My intent for the Club Assembly is to give a brief overview of the current status of Club activities followed by my thoughts on how we can be the most effective in serving our community in the coming year.  A very important part of a Club Assembly is an open discussion of Club activities and business, so please be prepared with your questions, comments, suggestions, and feedback.  Fun is a key component of our vision for our Rotary year.

COVID-19 Among Friends

Last week's “Dealing with the COVID Pandemic From Around the World” program was a warm reminder of how similar our lives are to those around the world even dealing with COVID-19.  A special thank you to our guests and to Carolyn and Carolyn for arranging it.

On a more sober note, we have just learned from Lyassat Alshinova that she has contracted COVID and has been sick for 8 days dealing with many of the known symptoms including cough, fever and loss of taste.  She is being treated at home.  Since recording our video, the COVID-19 situation in Kazakhstan has worsened. She sends her love and gratitude to all of you along with her optimistic message "It’s a hard time for all humanity, but always I believe in the better."

Save the date- July 11 COVID Mask Give Away

Earlier this month, we partnered with Nevada County Masks - Masked Warriors and distributed almost 200 masks made and donated by our partner group.  We are planning another one-hour-while-supplies-last COVID mask give away at Dave's Auto Repair on Saturday July 11 from10:00am-11:00am.

Robin's brother Drew Ritger has donated another 200 face masks with a retail value of $2,000 from as a personal gift to our Club project .  Carolyn Inglis is also arranging for hundreds more masks so our next give-away will be even bigger than the first!

I look forward to meeting with you on Thursday, and to a great year ahead!

Prez Tom

Please be current and financially responsible!

Thanks to all who have mailed in your dues!   We have now launched the new year ... if you have not paid your dues please connect with Tom Ryan. 

2020 Rotary Virtual Convention is NOT OVER!

Videos of General Sessions and Featured Breakouts are available now, just click the RI Convention icon. Also note, inspiring breakout sessions will continue into July to help start the Rotary year off right. Learn more and register at July Breakouts.

Rotary Walking Challenge:  President Tom set the pace for our District with over 178,000 steps (i.e. 81 miles) in the Rotary Walking Challenge.  He was bumped from 50th to 51st in the final sync ups.  Robin was not too far behind withover 150,000 or 68 miles.  Cathy and DG Roberta joined them along with over 4,200 Rotarians around the world!!! If we missed you, we would love to hear about your experience!

Hungry Games II - Happy Valentine's Day 2021

Save the Date for a really special Valentine's Day treat as Hungry Games II is now landing on February 14, 2021.  July 19 was coming too fast so looking at our options we chose Valentine's Day!  In the coming months we will regroup and reconfirm raffle participants and many other details.  For now, Miners Foundry, Sgt Funky, The Ham Stand and our Club are lined up for a fabulous celebration. 

From District 5190 - Leadership Learning

Have YOU checked it out yet?  The purpose of the Leadership Learning Assembly (LLA) is to prepare our club leaders, board, and all our club members – new or seasoned - for the 2020-2021 Rotary JOurneY ahead!  It is sure to be exciting! This year’s theme Rotary Open Opportunities challenges us to adapt to a changed and changing environment and affirms continuous learning and continuous improvement as the way to stay on top of the wave of change around us. This virtual program is self-paced and requires self-motivation. You can choose the modules you want to take! Learn more at Leadership Learning Assembly.

My Nevada County helps us stay informed about COVID-19

Learn the latest on how to get tested and what reopening includes and other Nevada County updates through 

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.

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

July 2: Social Nevada City Rotary Opens Opportunities with a new President and Board!

July 9:  Lunch "Gifts to the World through The Rotary Foundation" with Chris Newsom

July 11: Event  10 -11:00am Free COVID Mask Give Away at Dave's Auto on Zion Street across from SPD

July 16: Social Chad Ellis, Nevada City Chief of Police - POST scholarship and Police news

August 20: (Lunch/Social TBD)  DG Roberta Pickett Visit

Feb 14, 2021:  Hungry Games, Miners Foundry - NEW DATE: VALENTINE'S DAY 2021

To be rescheduled: 

  • Christina Giffin, Nevada Co. Sup. of Schools Office  “Career Pathways Partners”
  • Randy Arnold, The Barefoot Spirit - with goodie bags!


July 17: The Children's Festival, CANCELED

August 12 - 16:  Nevada County Fair CANCELED as of June 9, 2020

Special Dates


 Gayle Denney 7/7     
 Tom Ryan 7/17    
 Kim Stewart 7/21     

Club Leadership

President: Cathy Tom Milam
President-Elect: Open
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 

Club Service:  Judy Soldavini/Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
International Service: Carolyn Feuille/Lynda Guthrie
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Foundation: Christine Newsom/Dennis Geare
Membership: Carla Burke
Program Chairs: Christine Newsom & Nancy Kemp
Sergeant at Arms: TBD when live meetings resume

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 July 20 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