Staying Connected - November 11 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday November 11, 2021 - 12:15pm
Bridges of Nevada County - Honoring our Veterans throughout the area
with Cathy Wilcx-Barnes
InPerson & Hybrid via Zoom

Litton Engineering

3rd Floor, 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley ~ On: Google Map

Well, the Governor stopped by for her annual visit last week and we did our best to fill her in on all of the projects, activities, plans, socials and fellowship that are the essence of the Rotary Club of Nevada City.  By the time that we were done I’m pretty certain that she was feeling a mother’s contentment and pride that one of her children is growing up to be just fine.  And we are.

As a member of a club that is a very positive member of its community, supporting its growth and wellbeing as well as reaching out across the globe for the benefit of strangers in faraway places and making them friends, it really is uplifting to sit back and hear our club’s leadership explain the goings on in their avenue of service.  If I were writing a book this would be a good place to start writing chapters with details about all of the fabulous things that get done around here, but if you’re a regular reader of this little newsletter you already know what goes on each week and who did it.  If you’re not a regular reader, it’s not too late to start.  Every issue contains nuggets of information of what we are doing, where we can be found and when you can join in and take part in an activity that will be lots of work or a little work, but always lots of fun, and soon to become another page of our history.

Page by page we are writing a pretty amazing book here and while each page may not be as exhilarating as hooking into a 12-pound trout, skydiving or scoring a front row seat to a favorite concert, taken as a whole, the family of Rotary is one of the best experiences of my life.  So, thank you Governor Anita for stopping by and asking us questions that give us the opportunity to talk about ourselves and to hear your stories of why you joined Rotary and what it means to you and to make us each think about what it means to us.  Your little tugboat and its crew have us right on course.

Speaking of history, one of my favorite pastimes since moving here is to listen to Cathy Wilcox-Barnes elaborate on it.  And that is what’s going to happen this Thursday afternoon at our 12:30 meeting at the Litton Building.  So, turn up or tune in via zoom to our hybrid meeting as she puts faces to names that we pass by on a daily basis but may not notice or have forgotten.  We will get to know some important people from our community and how they have honored us and how in return they are honored.  I love knowing that I’m about to be educated and that history is about to become alive.

Bring your Stretchable Plastics for Recycling This Week!

In our first few weeks we have collected over 15 lbs of recyclable plastics and delivered them to Save Mart for transfer to TREX. Bring your stretchable plastics to our Club meetings AND look for bins at Briar Patch, Habitat's Restore, Madelyn Helling Library, B&C who is adding their own packaging, Nevada City AND Grass Valley Co-Housing with more requests coming in from our publicity thanks to Laura Peterson at BriarPatch Co-Op and Walt through the Union.

Bring any stretchable plastics you have that are clean and fit into one of the following criteria: grocery, bread, ice, produce, cereal, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning, zip locks, bubble wrap, pallet wrap, stretch film and more. NO bottles or plastic boxes. If it stretches, bring it. If it crunches or crackels, find another outlet! 

Once again at the Nevada County Food Bank - November 9

A big thank you to Megan Loeswick, Gayle Denney, Judy Soldavini, Dennis Geare, Tom Ryan, and Tom Milam for teaming up to package 85 or so boxes of food for homebound elderly and disabled clients today. They had quite a production line set up at the Food Bank! Oh and not shown, Cathy's delicious cookies for the crew!

Wreaths Across America - an invitation to honor our Veterans

For the past several years local Rotary Clubs and Rotarians have partnered with the local group supporting Wreaths Across America. Clubs and Rotarians have purchased live wreaths to be placed on the tomb of men and women in our community who have passed.  Rotarians have also attended the ceremony and helped place the wreaths.  It is a very moving, powerful experience. 

Below is the message from our local contact, Sally Knutson:

“I am hoping you can help me again with the Rotary and Wreaths Across America. We have a goal of 1500 again this year. They are still only $15.00.
The ceremony is at noon on Dec 18th at St Patrick’s cemetery in Grass Valley.

Checks should be made out to Wreaths Across America. 
 If you would like to contribute or participate personally, go to 
That will take you to our Captain John Oldham DAR site. You can scroll down to the cemetery of your choice : St. Patrick’s, Greenwood, Sierra Memorial (Hooper and Weaver). 

Carol Scofield, Past President
Rotary Club of Grass Valley South

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

Check your emails for October invoices and keep up the Happy/Sad Bucks!  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 and for following the Four Way Test with your Happy Buck pledges to our Club!

Stay connected and informed

Robin monitors our email. You can direct questions to that email or to your Club Presidents. 

CoP Tom (and Dave)

Photos Credits: and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

November 11: Lunch HYBRID: Bridges of Nevada County - Honoring our Veterans throughout the area by Cathy Wilcox-Barnes putting stories and faces to the names memorialized around Western Nevada County. 

November 18: Social ZOOM Sol Henson, Sierra Streams

November 24: Thanksgiving with our Families and Friends

December 2: Social HYBRID: Co-Presidents

December 6: Bulb planting in Penzance Park watch for details from Cathy and Susie.

December 9: Evening Social HYBRID Annual Holiday Party at Litton Engineering, 3rd Floor

December 16: Social HYBRID:

December 23: DARK  

December 28: DARK - 5th Thursday

April 20, 2022, Wednesday evening: Area 4 Foundation Dinner Hosted by 49er Breakfast Rotary

Special Dates


 David Fluke 11/11   Dennis Geare and Annette 11/13
 Susie Monary-Wilson 11/29   Ken Ching and Lynn 11/15

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: John Wilson
Public Image: Walt Stickel
Youth Service: Kim Stewart
Vocational Service: Gayle Denney

Club Service:  Cathy Wilcox-Barnes
Community Service: Susie Monary- Wilson
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

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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 December 13 at 5:00pm virtual via Zoom.  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 via Zoom until further notice - same schedule as Live/Hybrids

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

*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 Hybrid meetings. — 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