Staying Connected - May 27 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday May 27, 2021 - Lunch 12:15pm
Elias Funez - The Union

Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez - Covering our Community at The Union

When our Club has come together to stage an event in support of our community - such as our mask give-aways and our canned food drive - we have often been visited by Elias Nunez, a dedicated multimedia journalist from The Union. He has documented our events in photos that have been featured in The Union.  This week we will hear more from Elias about his work documenting realtime what is happening across Western Nevada County.

The Union’s Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez has over 14 years of on-the-beat reporting experience. While studying fine art photography at Modesto Junior College, Elias was hired as the staff photographer for his hometown newspaper – the Patterson Irrigator – where he spent a total of nine years taking on different roles including; Chief Photographer, Photo Editor, Crime Reporter, Page Designer, and Managing Editor.

Elias also spent two years at The Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star as a Multimedia Photojournalist and was part of the team that won the California Newspaper Publisher Association’s (CNPA) General Excellence award there in 2013.

Elias has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including 1st place CNPA awards for Investigative Journalism (2014), and Best News Photo (2014).

Our program with Elias should be a fun and insightful look behind the scenes with some of the most active eyes and ears in our community!

Just a few highlights of what he has published about our Nevada City Rotary projects:

Food Bank of Nevada County - Fresh Produce Project

Our District Grant to provide fresh produce to the Food Bank of Nevada County has been funded and will be completed in June. Our hands-on efforts will be packing food boxes for home delivery one day and packing summer lunches for youth a second day.  And yes, the time frames for the two days are different. Please contact Susie to volunteer at the Food Bank with us:

Wednesday June 9

Thursday June 17

Pack Home Delivery Boxes

10:00-11:30 AM

Contact Susie Monary-Wilson

Pack Summer Lunches

9:00 AM-12:00 Noon

Contact Susie Monary-Wilson

We suspect coats and warm gloves will not be needed in June!

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.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC) needs volunteers again on Saturday June 5 at the new clinic on Old Tunnel Road off Brunswick in Grass Valley.  Contact Doug McDonald <> if you are interested and available for one of those dates.  

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


  • Demotion party Thursday on June 24 at 5:30pm at the home of Chris and Bill Newsom.
    Watch for mailings and emails from the Demotion Planning team. Prez Tom doesn't know it but we are ready to party together!  Plan for fun!
  • Area 4 All-Club Social on August 28, 6:00-7:30 PM at Condon Park in Grass Valley.
    Music by the Auburn Winds Band.  Come socialize with fellow Rotarians and our new District Governor, Anita Daniels of Grass Valley Rotary.  More details will follow as plans for the Social are firmed up.

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 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; Mike Stewart “Washington - Town Emergency Preparedness”

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

July 22: Lunch

July 29: Fifth Thursday Dark

August 5: Social - Co-Presidents' meeting

August 12: Lunch

August 19: Social

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

Rotary Vision

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