Staying Connected - November 18 2021

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Thursday November 18, 2021 - 5:30pm ZOOM ONLY
Sol Henson, Sierra Streams Institute - Phoenix Rising

If you didn’t know anything about Rotary—

and occasionally, I meet someone who I’m amazed has never heard about Rotary—you could look it up on Wikipedia and here is the first paragraph you would read:

“Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.  It is a non-political and non-religious organization.”

And if you visited our small but mighty Rotary club, you would hear all about service projects that our members are involved in, from local flu clinics, bulb-planting at Penzance Park, Food Bank box packing, plastic film collecting, and planting trees at Woolman to toilet-building in Tanzania, menstrual kit sewing, Los Barriles wellness screening clinics, Days for Girls, Children’s Covid Clinic, obtaining Global Grants, and possibly snagging a district grant to help with our local Bright Futures. We are “Changemakers”!

As a club, we are most definitely demonstrating the definition of being an international service organization. In November’s Rotary Magazine, our International President reminds us that November is Rotary Foundation Month. So many worthwhile projects that change lives come because of our Foundation. If you haven’t made your contribution yet to the Foundation or to PolioPlus you might consider doing so on Giving Tuesday, which is November 30. Our dollars also serve.

Sierra Streams Institute-- Phoenix Rising

Sol Henson is returning to our Club to share the citizen science and education work of Sierra Streams Institute (SSI).  Founded in 1995 as Friends of Deer Creek, Sierra Streams is a local watershed monitoring, research, and restoration group putting the best practices of science to work on behalf of environmental and human health. This has been a transformative year for Sierra Streams as they rebuild after the Jones Fire blazed through their offices in the Woolman Center last year.

Sol is coordinator for the Sierra Streams education program. He has several years of experience monitoring water quality and stream health in addition to a teaching background in public schools. Raised in Nevada County, he obtained a master’s degree in hydrology at the University of California Davis and has worked on projects both locally and internationally regarding water resources and water resource management.  Many of you also know of Sol's work with our Club's Uganda Project a number of years ago.

Pediatric COVID Clinic with Nevada County Health Services

Once again, Nevada City Rotary was proud to support Nevada County Health Services with their Pediatric COVID clinic this week. A big thank you to Cathy, Chris, Dave and Tom Milam for partnering with the County to serve as greeters directing traffic and kids to their stations. Thanks to Susie for her deligent coordination with the County!

The second round of shots will be on December 7. Watch this spot for more information later as to what support Health Services may need.

Hungry Games II.    Second Helpings

All Rotarians are invited to attend a special meeting of the Fundraising Committee on Thursday Dec. 2  at 4:30 to discuss plans for  next years Hungry Games II event March 27. This games will need to be different, which gives us an opportunity to create something new and exciting. 

This will be a hybrid meeting at the Litton building that directly precedes the regular social gathering at 5:30. Hope to see everyone there. Call Michael Young with questions at 530-265-4159

Stretchable Plastics Recycling continues!

Have plastics to recycle? We now have bins at Briar Patch, B&C, Habitat Restore, Madelyn Helling Library, GV and NC Co-Housing, GV Co-Housing, and are collecting at AJA Video. By the time you read this, we will have already collected over 100 pounds of clean stretchable plastic

Drop by one of those locations or bring to our next Club meeting on December 2. We are collecting 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! 

Save the Date for Penzance Bulbs ~ Monday, December 6 from 10am - 1pm

'Tis the season for bulb planting!  Cathy (and Susie, not shown) could use some help in Penzance Park!  Always a fun time together digging in the dirt anticipating the blooms to follow. 

Bring gloves and tools for digging and planting!

Let Susie and Cathy know if you plan to join us.

Reforesting Woolman Center

Woolman Center is intending to plant 4,000 Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Giant Sequoia seedlings in a patchwork of small reforest areas burned by the Jones Fire. They are reaching to our community for assistance during a 10 day period in December. 

Chris has proposed we sign up to assist planting the small seedlings. Note, these seedlings are much smaller than the 15 gallon plants we planted for the farm in the spring.  She is suggesting the afternoon Saturday Dec 4 or Sunday Dec 5 or the morning of Dec 8.  Please let Chris know of your preference and availability.    

Los Barriles, Mexico awaits us again for the Healthy Water Project

Our work project with our partner club, the Los Barriles Cabo de Este Rotary Club, will take place from Feb. 17-19, with travel & recreation days before and after.

What’s new this year is to devote our time, energy and learning to two projects:  The Healthy Water Project and health screening for school kids.  We will distribute water filtration kits to Mexican residents in very small rural communities around Los Barriles, allowing them to have clean drinking water on a sustainable basis.  It’s an opportunity to to contribute to healthier lives for years to come, especially for children, as we interact directly with Mexican families for them to learn the correct use of the kits. We will work in small groups, led by an in-country specialist.

We plan to spend one day conducting health screening for school kids in collaboration with the East Cape Health Clinic, as we’ve done in years past.  That will include testing for vision, glucose levels, heart rate, and more.  

We will enjoy the same hospitality from Los Barriles Rotarians.  So, start making your plans to participate very soon!  

See the October 21st message from Ginny Lewis for details and click for the sign-up form.  Please contact Carolyn Feuille with your questions: and tel. 650-867-4564.

Your Dues and Happy/Sad Shares make a difference!

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 Dave (and Tom)

Photos Credits: Sierra Streams,, and fellow Rotarians

Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID

November 18: Social ZOOM 5:30pm Sol Henson, Sierra Streams

November 24: Thanksgiving with our Families and Friends

December 2: Social HYBRID: 5:30pm Co-Presidents
4:30pm Hungry Games II - Second Helpings planning

December 6: Bulb planting in Penzance Park Monday from 10am-1pm, come dressed to dig in the dirt and plant bulbs!

December 9: Evening Social HYBRID 5:30pm Annual Holiday Party at Litton Engineering, 3rd Floor

December 16: Social HYBRID 5:30pm: Shavati Kharki-Pearl, Waste Management & David Garcia, Nevada County

December 23: DARK  

December 30: DARK - 5th Thursday

January 6: Social HYBRID: 5:30pm Co-Presidents

January 13: Lunch HYBRID 12:15pm Nevada County Librarian Nick Wilczek

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 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

Watch Upcoming Events - ZOOM, LIVE and/or HYBRID above for scheduling changes.

*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 serving food regularly. — 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