Staying Connected - May 6 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday May 6, 2021 - Social 5:30pm

ACME Robotics Team Returns with Stephanie Lewis

Nevada City Rotary Rocks the RALLYE Awards!

Congratulations to all of our Club for stepping up to the challenges and opportunities of this past year and winning recognition for our accomplishments!  We have set an example for the other Clubs of the Area and District.

I am very proud to share that our Club was recognized as Club of Excellence, for our Core Values, and for all our Community Service projects:


Way to go Nevada City Rotarians!  Thanks for working and playing with me this past year as we charted new territory!

And not only did we score big in the RALLYE Awards, we also had the highest number of RALLYE participants this week in District 5190!!!  Very soon I will share with the Club our prize for the highest RALLYE attendance.

Join us next weekend as RALLYE continues with Leadership Learning Assembly on Saturday May 8, 8:30am-11:30am.  

Registration for LLA is free; click to REGISTER.

2021-2022 Board Retreat

Your incoming Board for 2021-2022 under the Co-President leadership of Tom Ryan and Dave Denney is hosting a Board Retreat on Tuesday May 4 at the Denney's home!  Congratulations and a BIG ROTARY THANK YOU to our incoming Board. 

ACME Robotics Returns - Thursday 5:30pm Social!

We are looking forward to welcoming ACME Robotics back again this week!  The team will share what this year has been for them!  Always a very favorite meeting! 

ACME Robotics is a community robotics team made up of highly motivated students from several different high schools in Nevada County. The team competes in the First Tech Challenge league of FIRST, an international youth robotics organization. Founded in 2014, ACME has had tremendous success over the years, including advancing to the regional championship every season of competing, and an unprecedented three straight qualifications to the FTC World Championships (and was the only rural Northern California team located outside of the Bay Area to move on to Worlds during each of those seasons!).

Even with the challenges of the last year, the team persevered and managed to design, program, and build a competitive robot almost completely remotely, while continuing to further their mission of spreading the reach of STEM in Nevada County.

Nevada County Vaccine Clinics need Volunteers

Our Club has always been a strong supporter of the End Polio Now campaign, and this past week Rotary has been celebrating World Immunization Week.  And now we have two additional 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... here is a request from Kim Blix:

Our vaccine clinic at Whispering Pines is in need of volunteers starting week of May 11. I am wondering if you might have some folks from Rotary who are available and interested in the below position:

  • 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 have anyone who might be interested, please have them reach out to our clinic manager, 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 Polly Conley at WSMC 530-274-9762 x159 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 6: Social  Foundation Moment; Stephanie Lewis - Robotics Update

May 8 RALLYE Leadership Learning Assembly

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 3: Social

June 10: Lunch: Foundation Moment

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


  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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