Staying Connected March 3 2022

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday March 3, Social 5:30pm
How do you spell FUN? = White Elephant Gift Exchange
This meeting will be IN PERSON HYBRID ZOOM

Rotary Heart

I can only imagine that everyone reading this is as heartbroken and anguished as I am at this moment as we witness the senseless inhumanity going on in Ukraine.  As bad as it is now, there is little doubt that it will get worse before it gets better.  The fact that there remains the capacity for some to wreck such pain, misery, death, suffering and loss on other members of the species is a mystery to me, but then I guess that is the definition of war.  Disgusting.

And then I remember that I’m sitting here writing a president’s message to my Rotary family and I’m filled with gratitude and hope to be a part of a family that has goals and a motto to be of service and to do and give what we can to make someone else's life better.  To bring comfort, food, education, health and joy while striving for conflict resolution and peace building.  That is my definition of a Rotary Heart.  It is by surrounding myself with people with a Rotary Heart that I remain sane, maintain hope and am able to look to the future with optimism.

I thank God every day for my Rotary Family.  We may not always read the same books or like the same movies, dance to the same music or vote for the same candidate.  We can argue and we can disagree, but what is really important is that we can discuss and learn and share love because we are family.  And most importantly of all we can make each other laugh and we can celebrate. We make each other whole.  It is so important that we remain whole because when the tragedies are over it will take all of our wholeness to help those who have been broken.

In the interest of wholeness, let’s celebrate! 

And I’m not just talking about the fact that March is Women’s History Month or that the Rotary calendar says March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month. I’m thinking White Elephant and if you still don’t know what that means here’s a reprint of a note I sent you earlier in the week.  I’m so looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday

Judging from a couple of phone calls that I’ve had it seems that there is some confusion about what to bring to our White Elephant Gift Exchange and how will it be run.  I’ll try to clarify as best I can.

Bring your wrapped gift exchange offering to the meeting.

If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to participate have your wrapped white elephant exchange item with you when you join the meeting via Zoom and let me know in advance of the meeting that you intend to participate via Zoom.

What are the guidelines for a “White Elephant” exchange offering?

1. It’s nothing that you should have to pay for as in go out and buy.

2.It is something that you already have, but wish that you didn’t.  Some things that I have seen, a calendar featuring a 1990s Boy Band, a ten-year-old fruit cake, a recording of Tiny Tim singing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”, a box of Cigarillos, ugly ties and cheap perfume.

3.The original idea was that gift that you got for Christmas that you wish you hadn’t and the white elephant gift exchange is the perfect opportunity to regift it and maybe get a laugh out of passing it on and sharing it with your best friends.

This is not an auction and nothing is for sale.  It’s an exchange.  Everyone bringing a gift will put their gift on a table and get a number.  When their number is called they will select a gift from the table and open it for all to see.  The next number called repeats the process and can either keep the gift or steal one that has already been opened.  If a gift is stolen the person that it was stolen from goes back to the table and picks again.  Once a gift is stolen for the third time it may not be stolen again.

The only purpose of the meeting is to have some fun.  I hope that this helps if you were uncertain as to what to bring.  If you weren’t uncertain then I’m sure that whatever you have in mind will be perfect.

No stress and good luck.

Co-Prez Tom

A quick PS:  I heard from Charlie that they are having a lot of difficulties with the elevator at the Litton Building.  He says he knows how to sort it out if it gets temperamental on us and has offered to be our elevator operator if necessary.  If you’re looking for some exercise this might be a good time to take the stairs.

Speaking of celebrating ...

SAVE THE DATE! Join Area 4 Rotary Clubs as Rotary Honors People of Action Sunday, March 27, 2022 from 4:00-6:00pm. Honoring Our Local Police & Fire Departments, Educators, Medical Professionals, and Grocery Workers.  Tickets are $25 at the door with a No Host Bar, small plates and appetizers.

Clubs are being asked to provide appetizer plates. 

Sign up for District Conference and let’s have a party in South Lake Tahoe.  

Click to Register

Club Returns to Hybrid as of March 3 - Special Zoom meeting February 21 5:00 - 6:00pm

Our Board has approved the return to in person/zoom Hybrid meetings as of Thursday, March 3.  Please understand that until the volatility of the pandemic has clearly diminished, we will continue to not serve food and drinks during the onsite hybrid meetings. 

Food Distribution with Bright Futures for Youth (BFFY)

We also have another opportunity to hand out Food Packets in February and March:

  • Monday, March 28* - Thursday March 31st. 

In our meeting room in the Litton Building from 5:30-6:45pm.  
*Monday, March 28 ONLY 3:45-4:45pm.

If you are interested in signing up for any of those slots please contact Nancy ASAP as these opportunities fill up quickly.

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

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

March is HERE! You will not be billed for your February 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 95959

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

Recycling bins around town

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 a big thank you to Briar Patch Communications team who created new more effective labeling for our bin!

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. 

CoP Dave (and Tom)

Photo Credits: Pixabay Ioachim Marcu, OpenClipart-Vectors;  District 5190, Bright Futures for Youth,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

March 3: Social Hybrid 5:30pm Presidents' Meeting - RETURNING TO IN-PERSON HYBRID MEETING

March 10: Lunch Hybrid 12:15pm Kimberly Parker - SNMH Foundation- Update on Foundation and Hospital

March 17: Social Hybrid 5:30pm Club Speech Contest

March 24: Lunch Hybrid 12:15pm Sierra Harvest -  Aimee Rentzler

March 27: Area 4 Community Awards Celebration:  Rotary Honors People of Action
4 - 6pm, Miners Foundry

March 31: Dark

April 1: Lunch 12:00 noon Area Speech Contest Grass Valley United Methodist Church

April 2: Lithium Ion Product Recycling - Litton Building Parking Lot

April 14 Lunch Hybrid 12:15pm Shannan Moon - Nevada County Sheriff

April 20 Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by 49er Breakfast Rotary

April 28: Lunch ZOOM ONLY 12:15pm Evani Radiya-Dixit - Global Scholar

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

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    

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: Walt Stickel
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

Did we forget your birthday or anniversary? Have you recently moved or changed email addresses? Please update your profile on our club website. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Lost Password feature, and it will be sent to your email address. Or reply to this email and request assistance!

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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 meeting will be March 14  at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  (Moved to Tuesday to enjoy Valentine's Day with loved ones!) 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