Staying Connected - May 13 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday May 13, 2021 - Lunch 12:15pm

Empowering Children of Tanzania through Education - Timothy Massawe

This week we are putting an International Service spin on our weekly program as we welcome our guest speaker from Africa.  Timothy Massawe has been a Rotarian since 2011.  He is a Past President and Charter member of the Rotary Club of Hai-Kilimanjaro and is currently an Assistant Governor for District 9211.  He holds two law degrees, one from the Moshi Cooperative University (2016) and the other from the Law School of Tanzania (2017).

He established an NGO called Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization (SASCO) which sponsors children who cannot afford an education.  Over 200 children have been helped, many of them are university graduates, including one student who has achieved his dream of becoming a medical doctor. 

Timothy’s passion is raising funds to support children who have academic potential but due to poverty are unable to reach their goals.  His own struggle as the youngest child of peasants in a family of 10 has fueled his work.   His parents sold a tree in their backyard to obtain school admission fees when he was 15,  but were not able to pay school fees and he was suspended.  A kind nun gave him the confidence to explain his situation to the Head Mistress who helped him, and at the National Exams he was the only student who passed and was therefore eligible for a government scholarship.  He uses his own example to inspire the students who are sponsored by the NGO he established. 

ACME Robotics Returns - Thursday 5:30pm Social!

Talk about inspired, the ACME Robotics Team rose above the fog and excelled this year using CAD (Computer Aided Design), Zoom, and lots of ingenuity to communicate and create a physical robot along with a virtual robot for this year’s competition! What an amazing team of brilliant super stars!  Watch out world -- they are planning our future!  Feels like we are in good hands!

Our Club was proud to again present sponsorship checks to both the ACME Robotics Inc. team and the Midnight Girls robotics team (Girl Scout Troop #181).  Two of the ACME team members are coaching the Midnight Girls team.  Plus we learned that Emma, who got into tech and robotics through our Girls Who Code program is headed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study engineering.  Dave Bunje was in town and also joined in our meeting. 

ACME's 2021 Robot on display via Zoom!

Nevada County Vaccine Clinics need Volunteers

We have two opportunities to serve our community as the effort to get COVID immunizations to everybody in the County is moving forward.

1)  We partnered with Nevada County Public Health for the Flu Clinic last Fall and volunteered to support COVID clinics when needed.:

Our Nevada County Public Health Vaccine Clinic at Whispering Pines has extended a request for volunteers this month: 

  • Friendly personalities needed to be clinic “Patient Runners”
  • Four hour shifts either 8:30-12:30 or 12:30-4:30, Monday-Friday
  • Walking many miles a day within our clinic building escorting patients from registration to exam room
  • Vaccinated individuals preferred (we can vaccinate them if necessary)
  • Registration in DHV required
  • Start date as soon as possible

If you are interested please contact, Donna Tully, at 707-933-6664.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support of Public Health!! 

Kim Blix
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Nevada County Department of Public Health

2) Doug McDonald also serves on the Board of Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC) along with other Area 4 & 5 Rotarians.  They are looking for volunteers on May 22 and June 5 at the new clinic on Old Tunnel Road off Brunswick in Grass Valley.  Contact Doug if you are interested and available for one of those dates.

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.

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 and Foundation Moment

May 27: Lunch--Elias Funez- The Union

June 3: Social - 2021 High School Scholarship Recipients

June 10: Lunch: David Whitehead from Citizens Climate Lobby and Foundation Moment

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

June 24: 5:30pm Social!!! Demotion Day - Details to Come!

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

July 8- -Lunch: Foundation Moment

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

July 22: Lunch

July 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

Special Dates


  Tom Milam 5/01   Tom and Robin Milam 5/01
  Nathan Leishman 5/08   Wally Krill and Mary 5/02
  Stacy Drake Robinson 5/23   John Hensley and Sandra 5/05
  Doug McDonald 5/27   John and Susie Monary Wilson 5/11

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 May 17 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