Staying Connected - July 8 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday July 8, 2021 - 12:15pm BYO Brown Bag Lunch $10

At NEW LOCATION - Litton Engineering

3rd Floor, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley
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We hope you will join us onsite but we'll Zoom for those who need to join remotely.

Co-President's Corner - CoP Dave

The last time I was club president was in 1988, and our area suffered a catastrophe now known as The 49’er Fire. Our speaker this week, Mike Stewart, has had extensive experience with firefighting, and that leads me to think back about how Rotarians responded.

Several club members acted heroically. One, past president Forrest Dunivan, who owned Dunivan’ s Towing, was restricted by the fire from entrance to his house. Instead, he cut through a chain link fence in Lake Wildwood to access his house and stood on the top of his house, manning a garden hose. As the fire raged through, he saved not only his own house but the ones on either side, while most of the other homes around burned to the ground.

Past president Gary Daniels worked night and day as the local head of PG&E, to restore power as quickly as possible.

The first meeting the club had after the fire became a club assembly in which Nevada City Rotarians shared their experiences relating to the fire. It was an emotional meeting to preside over.  If Rotarians hadn’t personally suffered loss, they certainly knew others who had. Shortly thereafter, the board decided to donate most of our treasury to the newly created 49’er Fire Relief Fund.

We all hope we will get through this fire season unscathed. But I know if there is a need, Nevada City Rotary will be right there to help.

This week with Mike Stewart - Fire Safe in Washington

Mike Stewart is coming back for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining program!

Raised alongside the South Yuba River, Mike Stewart is the son of a Grass Valley Native for a mother and a long-time member of the Nevada City Rotary for a father. He is the proud husband of Kim Stewart, presumably Rotary’s first “Pregnant President”!

Mike began his fire service in 1982 as a volunteer firefighter in Nevada County, making it his career in 1985 with the then Gold Flat Fire District, later Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. After an amazing number of experiences, Mike left NCCFD in 2008, having attained the position of Shift Captain (responsible for 3 fire stations) and Technical Rescue Coordinator (responsible for all aspects of river and rope rescue), to take a position as Fire Captain with CalFire. In 2017 Mike retired from CalFire having worked in the Conservation Camp program in Mendocino County and here in Nevada County as the Administrative Captain at Washington Ridge Camp.

Continuing to stay active in the fire service, Mike serves today as the Fire Chief for the town of Washington, a 9-member volunteer force.

Our First Brown Bag Lunch

This week, we are keeping food simple and asking you to bring your own brown bag lunch from home or a favorite lunch spot.  Keep in mind BriarPatch sells prepacked salads, sandwiches and other goodies right a cross the street.  Because we are brown bagging, the fee will again be $10.

Getting to our Litton 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Want to avoid the stairs at the front entrance of the Litton Building? We do have access to an elevator from the ground level.  Continue around to the parking lot behind the front entrance and come in the door in the back corner on the right.  Inside the building turn left and you will see the elevator. 

A bit of trivia:  The building was originally built to be our hospital.  The back door to the ground level elevator was intended to be the ambulance entrance.  The front stairway was designed to be the main entrance and has served as the main entrance for Litton Engineering since opening. The outside stairway takes you to the second floor.

Whatever entrance you come in, take the stairway or the elevator to the third floor and turn right.  Your fellow Rotarians and friends will be gathering in the large room at the end of the hall.

Also, now that we are meeting live again, CoP Tom has our bell. It has been missing meeting face-to-face and looks like it is up for grabs again!

July 15 ZOOM ONLY Meeting with PRIP Ian Riseley

Please note, this week's meeting and MOST meetings going forward this year will be HYBRID.  We would love for you to participate in person but for those times when you can't, you can join us on ZOOM. 

However for July 15, 2021 Social at 5:30pm with PRIP Ian Riseley our meeting will be ZOOM only.  PRIP Ian will be joining us from Australia via Zoom to talk about Rotary International’s new Supporting the Environment Focus. He spearheaded Rotary's new environmental focus so this will be a not-to-be-missed meeting. 

Our agreement for Litton came together quickly.  To handle a prescheduled conflict and to keep our ZOOM with Ian Riseley streamlined and more personal for him, we are planning this one to be Zoom only.

We made a difference - Los Barriles Centro de Salud Physiotherapy unit

Several months ago, our club made a $1000 club donation plus $500 in individual donations to the Los Barriles Rotary Club specifically for use at the government-supported health clinic for physical therapy patients.  The donations, along with donations from other clubs, have permitted the clinic to buy equipment and create a special space for these patients.  

In addition, because of the infrastructure changes, the clinic will have a physiotherapist assigned to it, starting in August.  This is a much-needed service especially for arthritis patients. As you can see from the photos, here at last are the beginnings of good work that our Rotary dollars are supporting in Baja Sur, Mexico.

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

With the new Rotary year, annual dues become due as of July 1.  Everyone should have received your dues invoice via email. If not, let us know! 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 Dave (and Tom, though they are alternating with the Rotario)

Upcoming Events - LIVE and/or HYBRID

July 8: Lunch HYBRID:  Mike Stewart “Washington - Town Emergency Preparedness”

July 15: Social ZOOM ONLY PRIP Ian Riseley- Rotary International and our new Supporting the Environment

July 19: NC Rotary Board Meeting - Recreation Realty, Nevada City

July 22: Lunch HYBRID: Paul Schwartz - Mine Watch

July 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

August 5: Social HYBRID : Co-Presidents meeting & Foundation Moment

August 12: Lunch HYBRID : Carrie Hawthorne from Kitkitdizzi, NC

August 19: Social HYBRID : Chris La Centra from GI Junk

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: Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

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. July we are moving it out a week. Our next meeing will be July 19  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 our July Board Meeting, we are holding meeting fees at these rates for lunch and social. — PO Box 74 — Nevada City, California 95959

Rotary Vision

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