Staying Connected - July 29 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday July 29, 2021 -  Fifth Thursday DARK

No Meeting This Week

Future Meetings at NEW LOCATION - Litton Engineering

3rd Floor, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley
On Google Map

Valued Takeaways ...

Our July 22 meeting featured our speaker, Paul Schwartz, Co-President of Mine Watch who shared a lot of interesting and valuable information about the proposed Rise Gold Mine project.  We feel that the information is so vital to the community that, at Paul’s request, we furnished him with contact information with the other four Rotary Clubs in our area with a recommendation that they invite him to speak at their clubs as well.  If you missed the presentation or would like more information it is available at  If you click on “Library” and look around a bit you will also find our own Dr. Chris Newsom’s presentation on the potential public health effects of activating the Idaho-Maryland Mine.

Our Committees in Service

Another outstanding feature of our meeting was some updates from several of our very active committees who are working to promote and improve our engagement with the community and Rotary in general and making our club all the better and stronger for it.  If you haven’t signed up for a committee you are missing out on the best place for you to engage and personally influence the direction and future of the club.

Dennis, of Membership Committee fame, shared some ideas on how we can re-engage with some former members and find new candidates for membership with a Reunion Meeting and forming recruitment teams.  In the spirit of reunion, he welcomed former member and longtime friend of the club Pearce B who seemed very enthusiastic about the idea as well as Dick N, a long time Rotarian, fly fisherman, former resident of Los Barriles, Mexico, and recent local resident in search of a new Rotary home.

Gayle reported on some exciting news happening in Vocational Service that her committee has come up with, but if you missed the meeting, you’ll just have to stay tuned for the announcement.

Community Service: URGENT REQUEST JUST IN: 

I know it's very last minute but I'm calling in a favor! Do you and some Rotary members (4-5) want to come to the Food Bank this Thursday July 29 to pack some PPE equipment? We want to be able to distribute these items soon as fire season is already upon us.

Megan Volunteer Coordinator, Food Bank of Nevada County

Robin is available...anyone else?  Reply to this newsletter or contact Susie or Robin.

This could be you packing food boxes and children's lunches at the Food Bank . . .

Susie is looking for a couple of more volunteers for the August 3rd Community Service project, packing food boxes at the Nevada County Food Bank facility.  If you have any interest or availability contact Susie for more information.

Our Food Committee, headed by our Club Service Director Cathy, continues to sort through the options for the best way to meet the challenge of providing lunches for our noon meetings and appetizers for our socials.  It’s not an easy task as there are a lot of bests to be considered.  Food quality, price, convenience, compatibility with our new venue and most attractive to our members and guests.  Rather than make a knee jerk decision on a path forward the committee asks that we continue to “brown bag it” through August with an eye towards September for a recommendation.

Our Environmental Sustainability Committee is holding regular meetings and will present a program in August on Recycling 101: The Circular Economy.  For more information on their focus view Environmental Sustainability Committee. or contact Chris.

Jack has made a new lifelong friend with Walt and Sandy’s dog, Cooper.  The way they got along it looks like they may have to adopt a boy or get Cooper a passport to Costa Rica.  Jack is having a great time soaking up the sights and the atmosphere of the area, he says he could do without the heat and smoke, but then who couldn’t.  With less than two weeks to go before his return to mom and Costa Rica, I’m already missing the presence of his energy, smiling face and that extra helping hand with my never ending “projects” on the honey do list.

I’ll miss you all this Thursday as it is a 5th Thursday and we are dark, but whatever you do don’t miss our August 5th, first Thursday Social.  CoP Dave will run the meeting, Tech Guy Tom M will Zoom it out and balance the microphones and I’ll just be glad to see you.

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

With the new Rotary year, annual dues become due as of July 1.  If you have questions about your invoices, our new Treasure John Wilson is happy to discuss your statement with you. Thank you Club members for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck and dues pledges to our Club!  And a big Rotary Thank You to John for stepping up to manage our financials!

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 and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck and dues pledges to our Club! 

Stay connected and informed

Robin monitors our email. You can direct questions to that email or to your Club Presidents. 

CoP Tom (and Dave)

Upcoming Events - LIVE and/or HYBRID

Bring your own Brown Bag Lunch/Snack ~ $10 through September 1

July 29: Fifth Thursday Dark - No Meeting This Week

August 5: Social HYBRID : Co-Presidents meeting & Foundation Moment; Zack Yeager, “Founder and Chief Test Pilot” of Cascade Campers

August 9: Club Board Meeting: 5:00pm Recreation Realty, 432 Broad St. Nevada City

August 12: Lunch HYBRID : Chris Newsom, Enviromental Sustainabilty Chair - Recycling 101: The Circular Economy

August 19: Social HYBRID : DG Anita Daniels Governor Visit 5:30pm;
pre-meeting with 3:30pm Exec Committee and 4:00pm Board 

August 26: Lunch HYBRID : Leah Schwinn - Health Care for All

August 28: Saturday 6:00-7:30pm LIVE ONLYat Area 4 Social at Condon Park; music by Auburn Winds Band

September 2: Social HYBRID: Co-Presidents meeting and Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

September 9: Lunch HYBRID: Jenn Singer:  Bright Futures For Youth   (contact-Chris)

September 16 Social HYBRID:  Keegan Thompson, RYLA (contact-Nancy)

September 23 Lunch HYBRID: Carrie Hawthorne, from Kitkitdizzi (contact = Chris)

September 30  5th Thursday Dark

October 7 Social HYBRID:  Co-presidents’ meeting

October 14 Lunch HYBRID: 

October 21 Social HYBRID: Chris LaCentra: GI Junk (contact = Chris)

October 28 Lunch HYBRID:- “Alumni Day” with the Membership Committee

Special Dates


  Gayle Denney 7/07    
  Tom Ryan 7/17    
  Kim Stewart 7/21    

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: John Wilson
Public Image: Walt Stickel
Youth Service: Kim Stewart
Vocational Service: Gayle Denney

Club Service:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Susie Monary- Wilson
Environmental Sustainability: Chris Newsom
International Service: Nathan Leishman
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 meeing will be August 9 at 5:00pm  at John Hensley's office.  We intend to do a Zoom link for anyone who can not 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

Note: Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch $10  Social Mixer $10 + BYOB*
*The Board is still sorting through logistics and related food costs with our new venue. At least until  September 1, we are holding meeting fees at these rates for lunch and social. — 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