Staying Connected - March 18 Social

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Join us this Week on Zoom

Thursday March 18, 2021 - 5:30pm Social

Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) with Yavuz Atila  

Rotary International recently announced the addition of a new Cause to further expand Rotary’s programs in support of our communities and the world.  This new Cause is “Protecting the environment.”

This is a welcome acknowledgement of the fact that all of Rotary’s Causes and programs are dependent on a healthy environment.  We now have the opportunity to look at the issues in our own local environment, to formulate plans for addressing these issues, and then to take action to protect our environment.

I am eagerly looking forward to our Club taking on projects in this new area of focus as we work to protect the beautiful environment that drew us to this area.

In this week's program, join us as Yavuz Atila presents insights on how Rotarians are already in Action Protecting the Environment.

ESRAG Western North America

The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) assists Rotary clubs, districts and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action. These projects promote environmental sustainability, awareness of climate change, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate climate disruption.

ESRAG’s focus on environmental sustainability offers Rotary the opportunity to provide long-term benefits for people all over the world. We will work to ensure that project investments preserve the ability for the environment to renew itself and continue to support human well-being, thereby supplying life-sustaining benefits to communities.

Yavuz Atila joined the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) in August 2019.  He is currently serving as the ESRAG Western North America Regional Chapter leader since April 2020. 

Yavuz has founded multiple Rotary Clubs including the Rotary Club of Monterey Cannery Row where he is a member, founder, and Charter President. He joined Rotary in April 2005 as a member of the Rotary Club of Monterey Peninsula Sunrise. He served as the club President in 2010-11, Assistant Governor in 2011-12 and as District 5230 Governor in Central Coast California in 2016-17.

Yavuz was born in a Black Sea town of Sinop, Turkey. He graduated from the Turkish Naval Academy and served 8-years in the Turkish Navy. In December 1990, he received his M.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

He worked as the Information Systems Director for the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. In 2003, he founded Monterey Bay Technologies, Inc.; providing IT solutions, sales and services to small to mid-size businesses and organizations.

Yavuz and his wife Nurten are both the Rotary Foundation Major Donors and Bequest Society members, multiple Paul Harris Fellows and Sustaining Members.

From our Members

On Wednesday, our second team of packers is scheduled to pack food bags and boxes for home delivery at the Food Bank of Nevada County.  Once again a big thank you to Susie for organizing the project and to Nancy, Lynda, Gail, Cathy and Chris who be packing with Susie this week!  We expect to continue our hands on partnership with the Food Bank in the coming months.

Around our District

District 5190 RALLYE Week May 1-8, 2021

Early bird prizes are going fast... Click to Register

You still have a good chance of being one of the first 200 people to register and qualify for the bonus goody package for the Early Birds registrants!

Hear a preview from one of our stellar Keynote Speakers ~ Jim Pelley

Your Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Thank you Treasurer Tom Ryan for your ongoing diligence with our finances.  And thank you Club members for following the Four Way Test with your pledges to our Club!  If you have questions, Tom R is happy to discuss your statement with you.

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!

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.

Prez Tom

Upcoming Events - VIA ZOOM

March 18: Social: Mar. 18- Social- Yavuz Atila: Protecting the Environment: Rotary’s New Area of Focus and ESRAG.

March 25  Lunch: Looking back and looking ahead

April 1 Social: Foundation Moment
Nicole McNeeley: The Food Bank of Nevada County

April 7 (Wednesday) Area Speech Contest

April 8 Lunch: US Dept. of State speakers: Jeff Hale and Abraham Wise, US Relations with Latin America

April 15 Social:  Amelia Barrett - Updates; Prez Tom: Rotary Historical Anecdote

April 18: (Sunday) Area Music contest via Zoom

April 22:  EARTH DAY!  SAVE THE DATE!  A Club Project digging in the dirt together to rebuild Woolman School's farm that was destroyed by the Jone's Fire.

April 29: Fifth Thursday- Dark

May 6: Social  Foundation Moment; Stephanie Lewis - Robotics Update

May 13-Lunch - A.G. Timothy Massawe,  Rotary Club of  Hai-Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

May 20-Social: Merrill Glustrom (Boulder Rotary Club) Recycled Computers for Palestine

May 27: Lunch--Elias Funez- The Union

June 17: Social- Ramona Howard from Nevada County Media “Update during Pandemic”

June 24: Demotion Day - Details to Come!

July 1: Social  Co-Presidents Tom Ryan and Dave Denney

July 8- -Lunch: Foundation Moment

July 15: Social PRIP Ian Riseley- Rotary International and our new Avenue of Service

Special Dates


  Dennis Geare 3/04   Chris Newsom and BIll 3/18
  Carolyn Feuille 3/06   Stacy Drake Robinson and Dave 3/30
  John Woodford 3/07    
  Lynda Guthrie 3/16    
  John Wilson 3/21    

Club Leadership

President: Tom Milam
Presidents-Elect: Tom Ryan / Dave Denney
Presidents-Nominee: Carolyn Feuille / Chris Newsom
President-Nominee-Designate: Kim Stewart
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 / Susie Monary- Wilson
Vocational Service: Nicole Dillard
Club Service:  Judy Soldavini/Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
International Service: Carolyn Feuille/Lynda Guthrie
Foundation: Christine Newsom/Dennis Geare
Membership: Cathy WIlcox-Barnes
Program Chairs: Christine 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 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 April 19 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