Club News, Jan. 12, 2013 |

Club News, Jan. 12, 2013

From left, Empire Toastmasters Diana Carolan and Jerri Glover.
Submitted photo |

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCFRW)

We will hear Mary Owens, President of Owens Estate & Wealth Strategies Group, speak on an important topic,“The Way Forward – Energy,” at their monthly luncheon meeting on January 15 at Alta Sierra Country Club. A hundred years ago the United States was a land of opportunity with affordable sources of energy. Mary will be the keynote speaker and explain how “We Did It Before … We Can Do It Again!” Utilizing natural energy resources will create jobs, manufacturing, prosperity and restore the can do attitude that made America the land of opportunity. What are those opportunities? What are the steps to bring back energy to the United States of 100 years ago?

To make a reservation for the January luncheon meeting please call (530) 274-0803 by Monday, January 7. Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, September through June, at Alta Sierra Country Club, 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley. Social Hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and meetings start at noon.

For more information or questions about membership please call(530) 470-8507, email NCRWF at or visit the website at

Blue Star Mothers of America

California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen, in Grass Valley. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, step-mother, foster-mother, grandmother, or legal guardian who now have,
or have had, children honorably serving in the military, we invite you to join us.

For more information, visit

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor No. 29

Our next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Odd Fellows Hall, 113 So. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call (530) 273-1936.

Gold Country Community Services

A cold Wednesday, a hot meal, and a warm and lively atmosphere made Friendship Wednesday special. Homemade, nutritious chicken curry was served in our High Noon Cafe — followed by a singalong with bluegrass group Plan B.

Next week’s menu features chicken supreme, North Country frittata, cheese ravioli with meat sauce, Chicken Dijon and cheesy crab cakes. Lunch is served promptly at noon Mon. through Fri. in our High Noon Cafe. The suggested donation for seniors 60+ is just $3 per meal ($7 fee for those 59 and younger). Phone ahead, and we’ll have a place set for you. It’s always a good idea to arrive a few minutes early. If you like good food, outstanding value, fun and community spirit, then please join us soon.

Friendship Wednesday features entertainment by popular local performers who kindly volunteer their time and talent.

For more information about our High Noon Cafe lunches, our many other services, classes, activities and volunteer opportunities, call (530) 273-4961 (weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Reception is open from 10 a.m to 1 p.m, and you’ll find us in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., Brunswick.

For more information, visit

Singles Club

Older singles who enjoy group outings to dine out, attend plays, films and other local events, are invited to attend a meeting of our club held on the second Wednesday of each month. Please call for location of meeting, as we are changing the location soon.

For information, contact Shirley Corry, (530)274-3355.

Soroptimist International

The members and guests of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley will continue with their focus on community issues at the January 17th meeting at 6 P. M. Debbie Plass, Director of Business Development at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, will share the challenges facing the hospital. Ms. Plass will also speak about the new equipment on site, programs which are being planned, and how SNMH is dealing with the provisions of the new healthcare law. Please contact SIGV online at or on Facebook. Meetings are held on the first 2 Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 PM and the 3rd Thurs. at 6 PM at the NevCo Contractors’ Assn. Building in Grass Valley.

League of Women Voters

The theme of today’s meeting will be “Job$ – EmployABILITY in Nevada County.”

Guest Speakers include: Chris Hinderman, Career Education Liaison, Sierra College; Paula Stephan, Program Manager, 49er Regional Occupational Program; and Alice Johnson, Career Development Consultant, One Stop Business and Career Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to increase awareness of what is available locally and the importance of obtaining a job skill that will make a person valuable to a prospective employer. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main, Grass Valley.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, visit

Auxiliary for Golden Empire Nursing Facility

We will hold our first meeting of the new year at 10:30 a.m. on January 17 in the conference room. Members will be making plans for the Valentine’s party to be held on February 14. Discussion will also take place for the Spring Ceramic, Craft and Bake sale to be held March 26, at the hospital. The sale will take place from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. Ceramics created by the members of the Auxiliary and some residents will be for sale. Home baked treats, made by Auxiliary members will also be available. These sales held in the Spring and Fall are the only fund raisers held by the Auxiliary to pay for the activities they have for the residents. The sale is open to the public.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

We held our installation of officers for 2013 at Alta Sierra Country Club. Margaret Wilson was installed as President along with Patty Kuehhirt as Vice-President; Helen Conrey as Membership Chair; Doug Wight as Treasurer; Pam Patten as Assistant Treasurer; Gloria Crowley as Recording Secretary and Rose Koolhof as Corresponding Secretary. Retiring President, Mary Green, gave her year-end report listing many of the accomplishment of the volunteers during 2012.

During the business portion of the meeting the following hour awards were given: 100 hours: Lorinda King and Kim Welti; 500 hours: Judy Ten Eyck, Doug Wight, and Margaret Wilson; 1,000 hours: Patricia Cargile; 1,500 hours: Phyliss Burbridge, Pam Gilbert, Jean Linder, Nancy Moll, Jackie Phillips and Georgine Wasley; 2,000 hours to Mary Green and Shirley Wilde; 4,000 hours to Carol Hauswirth; 4,500 hours to Lois Hardie; 7,000 hours to Judy Wilson and 11,500 hours to Cathy Corliss.

The Auxiliary has 107 active members and 55 associate members. Auxiliary volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks for the hospital along with maintaining a gift shop and holding fund raisers. All funds raised goes towards providing equipment and/or supplies for the hospital.

Gulldalen Lodge 6-128, Sons of Norway

The first general meeting of 2013 will tbe at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 14 at Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2, Nevada County Fairgrounds. The highlight of the meeting will be the installation of new officers and directors elected last month to serve for the 2013 year. Also, new members will be initiated. Light desserts and beverages will be served.

The 2013 officers include: President- Britta Skavdahl; Vice-President- Adrienne Lincoln; Secretary – Karen Schwartz; Recording Secretary- Arlene Kozub; Treasurer- Liz Fjeldheim; Membership Secretary- Siri Fenson; Counselor- Sven Fjeldheim. Several other Lodge Program Directors and Supporting Directors also will be introduced as part of the evening’s program.

The upcoming meeting will be a great opportunity to meet with the new leadership and to informally discuss plans for 2013.

Nevada County Historical Society

The Jan. 17 Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation will feature award-winning author Chris Enss speaking about her newest book “Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the Midwest.” This book features 11 profiles of outlaw women from across the Midwest who perpetrated a variety of crimes. Chris will be sharing about her two years of meticulous research on these “bad girls,” compiling fresh and little-known information on these renegades. Enss has been writing about women of the Old West for more than a dozen years. She travels extensively, collecting research for her books and has received numerous awards celebrating her efforts to keep the spirit of the Old West alive for future generations. She will have books available for purchase and author signing. The one-hour presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments are provided. For more NCHS information, go to: or contact President Daniel Ketcham at (530) 477-8056.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. It’s about looking at the world we want to create two generations ahead. All ages and genders welcome (join us, grandfathers!).

For information, call Shirley at (530) 265-5545 or e-mail

Grass Roots Genealogy Study Group

We meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Family History Center (entrance at the back of the LDS Church), 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Meetings are open to anyone interested in genealogy research. The building is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. There are no dues. Topics are posted at

For more information, email or call (530) 268-0348.

Lake Wildwood Men’s 9 Hole Golf Club

Our club celebrated with our annual Christmas breakfast at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse. Our club encourages new golfers to take up the game in a friendly supportive surrounding and also encourages golfers to continue to play even as age starts to creep up. The basic premise is to play golf and enjoy doing it.

Club members play golf on Tuesdays with a shotgun start so players finish about the same time and gather to enjoy social aspects of the game at the 19th hole. There is a breakfast on the third Tuesday of each month followed by a fun tournament. Club tournament chair, Darrell Hendricks makes sure that the tourneys are fun and that everyone has a chance to share a spot in the winners circle, whatever their ability. Once a year the men join the Lady Niners in a joint tourney, two ladies and two men on a team. That gives the men a chance to learn a new vocabulary when playing with the ladies. Club membership is open to all male adults living in Wildwod.

Nevada County Camera Club

Shutter bugs to advanced photographers, Nevada County Camera Club has something for you. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month. Visit for exceptions. Visitors are welcome, refreshments are served. Meeting location is the Unity Church,180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley. Maps can be found at Come join us for a friendly evening get together of like-minded people who enjoy photography!

Vietnam Veterans of America

The local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among a group of veterans who share a common heritage. All veterans of the Vietnam era and their families are welcome to attend chapter meetings. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room, Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 265-4878 or visit our website

Mothers Prayer Warriors

Our group now meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at Twin Cities Church. If you are a mother who has lost a child, you may gain strength and knowledge from our unique Bible study. For information, call Cyndi Fellman at (530) 432-8148.

Grand Father’s Motorcycle Club

We serve a pancake breakfast the first Saturday of each month to raise money for families in need. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at our clubhouse at 301 S. Railroad St. in Colfax. Cost is $5. For more information, call Crunch at (530) 613-0912.

12-Step spiritual journey writing workshop

Word-A-Live Church is sponsoring a 12-step study and writing workshop for individuals who grew up in less-than-nurturing or chaotic homes.

This workshop uses the 12 steps in a Christian context. Located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. The workshop is designed to help restore the spirit and provide a workable formula for confronting the past. It is a model for surrendering one’s life to God.

Emphasizes the relationship between the 12 steps and the practice of Christian living.

For information, call Beverly at (530) 210-4651.

Sierra Table Tennis

Open-play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Dr. in
Nevada City.

For information, call (530) 265-2834.

Empire Toastmasters

The January 4 meeting was packed with fun speakers and evaluations enjoyed by Members and two guests. Jerri Glover won Best Speaker with her speech entitled “Bring it” chronicling her journey to better fitness using the P90 home workout program.

Diana Carolan won Best Evaluator for her evaluation of Lee Zasloff’s speech on the U.S. Healthcare system. The speeches and evaluations filled the meeting leaving no time for Table Topics.

After the meeting the newly elected Officers held their first meeting of the term. During the meeting dates for the upcoming club competitions were set. The Table Topics Contest will be held February 22 and the International Speech Contest will be held March 8.

Members of Empire Toastmasters will compete for the right to proceed to the Area Contests on March 15th.

The winner of the International Speech Contest has the potential to compete on the International Level for Toastmasters International.

Visitors are always welcome at Empire Toastmasters. The Club meets every Friday at noon at Trolley Junction in Nevada City. Lunch is $14 and includes beverage and gratuity.

The Chicago Park Garden Club

The Flower Arrangers group will meet at 10:30 a.m. on January 24 in the Community Room. The Card Making group will meet on every Monday in January at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Room.

Both groups will be making items to bring to the California Garden Clubs Inc. board meeting in February.
For more information, call (530) 272-7708.

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