Staying Connected June 9 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday June 9 - 12:15pm
Leo Granucci and Katherine Doolittle:
Nevada County Home Path - Program for Homelessness

Hybrid - In Person at Litton Engineering
200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley, CA

Ask and receive!

Our co-prez Tom had quite a story to tell last week to Rotarians in the room. After mentioning the success of our garage sale—everyone in the room had been at the sale—he said that working with Walt, a deposit of $3400 had gone into the club’s bank account. Wait a minute, we all thought. We knew we had made $1800 at the garage sale. Tom went on to say that working with Britney, etc. we had almost doubled our proceeds. Who is Britney?! Turns out that Tom and Walt communicated with Tall Pines Nursery to whom we turned over our fair booth and that they had agreed to buy our miscellaneous equipment for $1600. That by asking, we received! What a success story!

So what else haven’t we asked for? Well, because of COVID, we didn’t do our usual asking—for friends to buy Hungry Games tickets. For people we know to have coffee and talk about joining our Rotary club. Even though Nevada County still has COVID cases, things are looking up. We are meeting in person again. So it won’t be long before we should be thinking about who we know whom we should ask to tell about our Rotary club. Maybe we should ask members of the club to come up with more program ideas, to share the burden of that responsibility. We did ask that members pay their Happy/Sad Buck monthly, without being sent a bill.

And our treasurer, Tom, just asked that we pay our dues by June 30 and perhaps consider an additional donation. I’m sure we’ll all get our checks in the mail so that he doesn’t have to ask again.

Sometimes asking doesn’t have the results we hope for, as people weigh what they can and cannot do. But if we don’t ask, we won’t know. I asked Gayle on Saturday—because it was a cool weekend—if we could have Navy Bean soup Sunday night, and she said no because the beans must be soaked overnight, and it was too late for that.  Undeterred, I asked if lamb shanks were a possibility. Voila, if I would go to the store and get the ingredients, the answer was yes. Of course, then Gayle asked if I would do something I’d been putting off on my To Do list, so what could I say but yes.

Our speaker this week may ask what we know about homelessness. And maybe we’ll learn about what some people are doing because someone asked.

CoP Dave (and Tom)

Demotion Here We Come!

It is time to once again pass the scepters!  We do know how to party and our Demotion Parties are always fun and filled with laughter!  It would be a great time to introduce a friend to Rotary and our Club! 

Only $25/person; on the regal lawn at Chris and Bill Newsom's home!. If you have not signed up, please contact Cathy!  Please RSVP by June 9 if you have not already done so!  We need to give a headcount to our award winning chef Jason at The Ham Stand by Thursday. RSVP is as easy as REPLYING TO THIS ROTARIO email or contacting Cathy directly. 

Program This Week - Nevada County Home Path

Nevada County Home Path is a group of local individuals passionately committed to the well-being of our unsheltered neighbors. Katherine Doolittle and Leo Granucci will present the Home Path vision for a thoughtful and effective plan that will provide safety for our chronically homeless people who are still sleeping on our streets and in the woods.  They seek the endorsement of our community for the establishment of a resource center and a transitional camp that will provide a compassionate and effective approach to help our homeless neighbors and which will provide long-term benefits for our entire community.

Katherine Doolittle serves as Outreach Director for Home Path. She has more than 25 years experience with non-profits, community outreach, strategic planning, board development and public education. A 15-year Nevada City resident, Katherine has been involved locally with One Source-Empowering Carergivers, 4 Elements Earth Education, Sierra Harvest, Nevada City Farmers Market and Unity in the Gold Country.

Board member Leo Granucci is a 22-year Nevada County resident and a retired sales and marketing expert. He has served on the boards of The Friendship Club, Center for the Arts, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Hospice of the Foothills, Hospitality House, Nevada County Airport Commission, and Dignity Health Corporation’s Finance Committee. Leo is also a member of Angel Flight as a pilot, a non-profit that flies patients for medical treatment.


Big new plans for Hungry Games II in the Park! Yes in Pioneer Park from 4pm - 7pm, Sunday afternoon September 4.  Watch this space and Club meetings for more details as plans unfold.  Our winning Chef Jason Jillson and the Ham Stand crew will be back serving up gourmet specialties to the tunes of Sgt Funky Band! 

Plans are forming for another big Restaurant Raffle along with an array of other enticing raffles are in the works.  Speaking of Asks, our Fundraising Team needs your partnership in collecting merchandise, art and gift certificates from your favorite restaurants and businesses around our community! 

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

2022-2023 DUES INVOICES have been sent! Check your email for annual dues invoices from Treasurer Tom.  As we prepare to start a new Rotary year, annual dues invoices are due by July 1.  Tom reminds us that a good time to make an annual contribution is with your dues.  If for some reason you haven't seen an invoice, let Tom know!

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

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 95

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

Recycling bins around town

Grass Valley Rotary is taking the lead for the second 6th-month cycle with our Plastics Recycling. A big thanks to our Environmental Sustainability Committee who is partnering with our Area 4 Clubs.

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 we are adding Wild Birds Unlimited!

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. 

Photo Credits: fellow Rotarians, Home Path,, and Pixabay (Pixaline)

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

June 9: Lunch 12:15 HYBRID- Leo Granucci and Katherine Doolittle:  Home Path- Program for Homelessness

June 16: Demotion Party IN PERSON at Chris and Bill Newsom's Home

June 23: Lunch 12:15 HYBRID Carolyn Feuille: U.S. Relations with Russia:  From Cold to Warm to Cold Again

June 30: 5th Thursday DARK

July 7: Social 5:30pm HYBRID Co-President's Meeting

July 14: Lunch 12:15pm HYBRID Dr Moss

July 16: Area 4 Social 3 - 6pm at Curious Forge, 13024 Bitney Springs Rd, Nevada City
$10 at the door, RSVP to Club Presidents

July 21: Social 5:30pm Movie Night!

July 28: Lunch 12:15pm HYBRID Kevin Marini -  Composting

Aug 11: Lunch 12:15pm HYBRID DG Jeff Gabriel Visit

Sept 4: Sunday 4pm-7pm Hungry Games II in Pioneer Park at the Bandshell SAVE THE DATE!!!

Special Dates


  Ken Ching 6/03   Dave and Gayle Denney 6/12
  Ron Knaus 6/09   Ron Knaus and Nancy 6/20
  Nicole Dillard 6/13   Guidita Soldavini and George 6/24
  Michael Young 6/17   Doug and Karen McDonald 6/24
  Robin Milam 6/29    

Club Leadership

Co-Presidents:  Tom Ryan & Dave Denney
Presidents-Elect: Carolyn Feuille & Chris Newsom
Past President: Tom Milam
Secretary: Robin Milam
Treasurer: Tom Ryan
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 via Zoom. Our next meeting will be June 13 at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  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