Staying Connected - May 20 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday May 20, 2021 - Social 5:30pm

Computer Renewal in Palestine - "Computers for Students"
with Merrill Glustrom, Rotary Club of Boulder

Merrill Glustrom, Rotary Club of Boulder, is spearheading a project to renew computers and donate them to low-income schools and families in poverty in the West Bank.  As Co-Chair Environmental Sustainability Committee for Boulder Rotary Club,  Merrill visited the West Bank with the Boulder nonprofit Sustainable Israeli Palestinian Projects ( shortly before the COVID pandemic hit. He will speak about the Computer Renewal in Palestine project as well as the health and environmental crisis related to electronic burns in the region. 

Join us at our Thursday evening social for a discussion with Merrill.

Area 4 Applying for District Grant for Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD)

Our Club has been invited to join the Clubs in Area 4 to participate in a District Grant benefitting the Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD).  This District Grant is intended to fund the cost of the Architectural Plans for the 86-Acre Phelan Ranch that has just been donated to NJUHSD for Career Technical Education and for Agricultural Program classes and facilities. Our Club has a long history of supporting the youth in our community who are members of 4H or FFA.  This new campus will benefit the young people who are participating in the local Ag Programs.  

We are looking forward to seeing the development of this facility and to working on other projects as the facility evolves.  Read more about the Phelan Ranch project from Brett W. McFadden: An incredible opportunity for students, The Union, 2-24-2021

Food Bank of Nevada County - Fresh Produce Project

Our District Grant to provide fresh produce from local farms to the Food Bank of Nevada County has been funded and will be completed in June.  Susie is coordinating with Nicole McNeely to schedule one or more work days as part of the Grant.  We will publish the details of the work day as soon as we know them.

Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship

As a project for next Rotary year, we are preparing a Global Grant Scholarship application to sponsor Evani Radia-Dixit to attend the Oxford Internet Institute as a graduate-level researcher working on facial recognition technology.  Her research will address Rotary's focus area of peace-building and conflict resolution.  

If the Global Grant is approved, Nevada City Rotary will be the lead Club with Grass Valley Rotary as co-sponsor. Each of the two clubs would fund $1,000 for scholarship funds.  District will pay $15,000 which the TRF will match at $15,000.  A Rotary Club in Oxford England needs to participate as a local host Club.  Tom Ryan, Doug McDonald, and Carolyn Feuille participated in a meet and greet zoom call with Evani this last week and were very impressed. Stay tuned for more details as the Grant application process proceeds.

Shout-out to Club members:

  • John Hensley for a generous personal donation to our sister Rotary Club in Los Barriles
  • John and Susie Monary-Wilson for their intent to sponsor a young student in Tanzania
  • Paul Boch and Robin Milam for achieving Paul Harris +2!  Paul and Robin were awarded their PHF+2 pins during our Penzance Park work day on Monday

Penzance Park work day

An energetic crew met at Penzance Park in Nevada City on Monday morning to do some maintenance and clean-up.  Thanks to everybody that came out for the work day.  The park now looks neat and clean!  It was a great opportunity to get together with fellow Club members, to do some community service, and to enjoy Cathy’s yummy cookies (thanks again, Cathy!).

A fun filled thanks go to John and Susie, Tom Ryan, Cathy, Paul, Carolyn Feuille, Chris, Lynda, Robin and Prez Tom!

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 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

August 28: Saturday 6:00-7:30pm Area 4 Social at Condon Park; music by Auburn Winds Band

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

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