Club News, Jan. 5, 2013 |

Club News, Jan. 5, 2013

From left, Empire Toastmasters Jerri Glover, Lee Zasloff and Ruth Schwartz.
Submitted photo |

American Legion, Frank Gallino, Post 130

The next general membership meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 8. The meeting hour has been changed to 10 a.m. Reservations for the February “Dine-in” must be made by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, no exceptions. The Ladies Auxiliary will continue to meet at 1:30 p.m. For questions and reservations, please call (530) 272-2160 and leave a message, including your phone number.

The Order of the Eastern Star’s Evangeline Chapter #9

We started our 2013 term with a very merry “ho, ho, ho,” as we hosted visits with Santa Claus during Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas celebrations. Our elves in attendance helped children of all ages enjoy the merriment of the season with a visit on Santa’s lap as he listened intently to all the Christmas wishes presented to him. Evangeline Chapter began our new 2013 term on Sunday, November 11, with a beautiful installation led by Laurie Kaiser as Worthy Matron and Leland Pauly as Worthy Patron. Chapter elves, better known as Chapter members, then quickly began bringing enjoyment and fun to others with our annual Santa fundraiser.

The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization of men and women committed to providing an environment of friendship and fellowship, regardless of age, by implementing innovative ideas, facilitating positive change and planning for the future, while working cohesively with our Masonic Family.

Our Goals include:

Mutual Respect: To demonstrate mutual respect for each other, while recognizing the strengths and diversities of our members.

Service: To make the name of Eastern Star synonymous with service to our communities and service and assistance to our members.

Membership: To engage and revitalize our existing membership and appeal to prospective members through creative programs and activities.

Evangeline Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month and 6:30 for fellowship and 7:30 p.m. for our meeting at 108 N Pine Street, Nevada City.

Please call Kathy at (530) 478-1286 or visit for more information regarding this Masonic organization where both women and men may join.

Gold Country Kiwanis

We meet at Kane’s Restaurant on Thursday’s from noon to 1 p.m. On Jan. 24, guest speaker Ted Robinson LCDR, USNR will present a 30 minute talk about his experiences in World War II. After participating in the PT109 rescue of JFK, he lost his own PT118 and recuperated with JFK where he learned what Kennedy was like as a person. Interested in attending? Reservations required as sitting is limited.

For information, call Cal McKitrick at (530) 210-4493.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Grass Valley Chapter #1335

The next meeting of NARFE Chapter 1335 will be on Thursday, January 10, at the LinQ Chinese Buffet, 682 Freeman Lane in Grass Valley. Social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. The program starts at 12:30 p.m. This month, we will welcome Victor Ferrera, program manager, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, as our speaker. Mr. Ferrera will brief us on emergency preparedness in Nevada County and on programs available to assist seniors. A Chapter business meeting will be held following the program. NARFE’s objective is to protect retirement and related benefits for current and retired Federal employees. It also actively supports Alzheimer’s research. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome to attend chapter meetings held at noon, the second Thursday each month, currently at LinQ Chinese Buffet. The local chapter meetings also serve as an opportunity for retirees to socialize and to hear programs of general interest or of value to members. A benefit of membership is timely updates on policy actions affecting Federal employees and retirees.

Reservations for lunch are not necessary. For more information on the luncheon or program, please call Larry Kinkor, (530) 265-6477. If you are not interested in having lunch but would like to hear our program, the business meeting starts at about 12:30 p.m. with the speaker being the first item on the agenda.

If you would like to attend the meeting but do not have transportation, please call Larry Kinkor at (530) 265-6477.

Caring for America

In late November the community outreach program, Caring for America of the Nevada County Republican Women’s Federation delivered over $1,000 worth of work appropriate clothing to Women of Worth of Grass Valley. Also dropped off were several baskets containing baby care items prepared by our committee member and WOW volunteer Sue Jeffrey. It has been our pleasure to work with Sandy Schmidt and help victims of violence begin a new life in a safe, welcoming environment. The Board of NCRWF decided this December to bring some personal care items and or office supplies for WOW. They collected ten shopping bags of merchandise at their December board meeting that will be used as needed in WOW offices and for the residents of Hattie’s Haven and Kelly’s Kottage. At the December general membership and Christmas Luncheon, members attending donated nearly $400 to Interfaith Food Ministry and presented the donation to an IFM board member in attendance.

In January we will resume our monthly nonperishable food drive for IFM. Our miniature Christmas Tree auction netted $807. These funds will help support our Scholarship Program and Dictionary/Literacy projects.

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County

We can again report a successful year for their Christmas Families Project. Early in December the “fillies” (Karen Pridemore and Judy Goldman’s committee of Newcomers CFP shoppers) were at the “starting gate” and “chafing at the bit,” awaiting the Christmas wish list from Women of Worth and Nevada County Social Services. The list arrived, the “Starting Gates “ opened and THE RACE WAS ON. These fillies did their laps around town and arrived at the “finish line” (Sue Garber’s house for gift wrapping) in record time. The supplemented and wrapped gifts were then given to Lisbeth Noel and Rosalie Baker for delivery, on time, to WOW and NCSS. Organization and Finance (other committee chairs) were Rosalie Baker, Carole Riddle, Patricia Graves, Bobbie Boge, Karen Pridemore, Judy Goldman, Lisbeth Noel, Stacey Nicolae, Kathe Pinto, Sue Garber, Shirley Souza and Sandy Neel, and our very generous Club membership. This race was unique in that everyone who participated in the Christmas Families Project, regardless of the extent of their involvement, IS A WINNER. Each of you should imagine having been awarded the traditional “GARLAND OF ROSES” for your outstanding performance.

Thirty four shoppers were assigned to shop for 31 families comprised of 73 children and 30 adults. WOW and NCSS received emergency gift certificates for families who sought help after the program closed, bringing the total of children receiving gifts to 78. Kathe Pinto, Special Items Chair, was able to obtain bikes, scooters and other items. Adults received gift certificates at local merchants, work boots, pots and pans, etc. Accolades to each of you for your time, talent and donations to provide these children, and their families, a more enjoyable Christmas season during a difficult time.

Empire Toastmasters

The last meeting of 2012 for the Empire Toastmasters was fun and eventful. We awarded the Better Speaker trophy to Ruth Schwartz for her speech entitled,“Sharing Your Vision.” Jerri Glover was awarded the trophy for her evaluation of Lee Zasloff’s speech. Lee Zasloff won Table Topics for her addition to a continuing story prompt. Empire Toastmasters also elected its new slate of officers for 2013. The officers for Empire Toastmasters are:

President: Elizabeth Dunn, one year term.

Vice President of Education: Paul Deseau, six month term.

Vice President of Membership: Joe Hunnicutt, six month term.

Vice President of Public Relations: Jerri Glover, six month term.

Secretary: Sarah McTighe, six month term.

Treasurer, Preston Daniels, six month term.

Guests are always welcome to visit Empire Toastmasters. We meet Fridays at noon at Trolley Junction.

Business & Professional Women of Nevada County

Our theme for next week’s meeting is “Thriving versus Surviving in the New Year.” Carol Scofield is known for her dynamic presentations, locally and internationally. She radiates enthusiasm while sharing a positive message. At the January meeting of Business & Professional Women of Nevada County, Carol invites us to contemplate our success for 2013. In this upbeat, interactive presentation, Carol will offer seven time-tested techniques for thriving in 2013, both personally and professionally. When she’s not speaking to corporate executives, government agency managers or hundreds of attendees at professional conferences, Carol offers classes on communication, conflict management, life management, and leadership. Check out her website, to learn more about her and her work. 

BPW-NC members who know Carol will verify that she leaves her audiences educated, inspired and empowered. Her style of humor, storytelling and presentation will help each of us get the new year off to a great start. Plan now to attend on Wednesday, January 16 at the Holbrooke Hotel Express Room. Networking hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22.

Check our website at, or contact Kim Wydra at (530) 432-2591 or by email at for more information.

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

Plans for today’s meeting at Trolley Junction include renewing membership dues for 2013 and an open forum to discuss the 2012 Election and local and state issues for the next two years. Our guest speaker will be Heidi Hall, who has announced her intention to run for the First District Congressional seat in 2014. It may seem early but realities of money and outreach in our huge district call for a new approach for Democratic candidates. Join us for the $12 breakfast buffet at 9:30 a.m. today.

For more information, call Nancy at or calling (530) 432-9821.

Sierra Singles Club

An invitation for older singles to attend a meeting of our club on Wednesday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 841 Old Tunnel Road. We plan group activities weekly to dine out, attend films, plays and other local events.

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

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 Wildwood.

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.

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