Early Risers Toastmasters

Prestigious guests and powerful speeches were the hallmarks at our March 20 meeting. We welcomed Lauren Bennett, Robert Stelson, Mark and Roberta Maxwell and KNCO’s Sue Hudson as guests. We also welcomed the three thought-provoking speeches we heard. Katie Bennett dazzled us with facts about adult driving. Anne King reminded us how important it is to listen to our stomachs. They are barometers for making good choices. Shawn Tuttle talked about what it’s like to be an organization maven – and how, even in childhood, she needed to organize her toys.

Anne King won this week’s outstanding speaker trophy. Janis Aydelott won the outstanding evaluator trophy, and Lori Burkhart Frank won for outstanding Table Topics using the word of the day (hyperbole).

If you’re interested in improving your communication and leadership skills, why not join us next Tuesday (and every Tuesday) at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast at Trolley Junction? As a guest, you never have to speak, just enjoy; see if the Toastmasters’ experience is for you. For more information, call 273-9777.

Captain John Oldham Chapter of the DAR

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter members including Regent Beverly Moncrieff, Nancy McClellan, Betty Ponte, Virginia Heller, Betty Delaney, Christen Wise, Sue Olander and Karen Keasbey recently returned from the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Southern California where they were attending the 99th Annual DAR state conference. Also attending as guests were prospective member Diana Cage as well as Beverly Moncrieff’s husband, Bob.

With 116 chapters in the state of California, the Captain John Oldham Chapter came away from the conference with numerous awards among which were first place in the state for each of the following committees: American Heritage – Historic Preservation Program/Project, American History Award, American Indian Award – Outstanding Program, Chaplain’s Award, DAR Schools Donations Award, Lineage Research, 2006 Press Book, Project Patriot Award, Public Relations and Motion Picture, Radio & Television Ð Outstanding Newsletter, VIS (Volunteer Information Services) Lamplighter Awards to Gloria Gibbel and Beverly Moncrieff, Volunteer Genealogists Ð Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist to Gloria Gibbel, and Women’s Issues.

For more information about DAR and its programs, call 274-9710.

Nevada County Camera Club

The Camera Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Madelyn Helling County Library 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. The subject will be “The Use of Chroma-Key” presented by Marcel Verdooner, a live presentation using Chroma-Key Background for automatic photocomposition of two or more images. The assigned monthly subject for this meeting is “Patterns.” Refreshments will be served. Guests welcome.

Empire Toastmasters

Two exceptional speeches March 16. Mary Elizabeth Young spoke on the creation of wealth, an especially informative discourse on a subject dear to the hearts of all. The counterpoint to her serious speech was Jacob Griscom’s pocket speech, a laugh-a-minute recounting of a trip to the optometrist, which earned him the distinction of best speaker of the day. Robin Lloyd was selected best evaluator for her evaluation of Mary Elizabeth’s speech. Shan Kendall evaluated Jacob’s talk.

We were pleased to welcome guest Joanne Evers, who told us that she had been thinking of coming to Toastmasters for quite a while. If you are thinking that you would like to sharpen your public speaking skills in a comfortable, supportive environment, please join us at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. For more information, call 272-7111.

Sierra Foothills Iris Society

The Iris Society meets at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Auburn Civic Center’s Rose Room, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Newcomers are welcome to attend anytime and might just win an iris in our door prize drawing. This month’s program will be presented by Larry Lauer, a hybridizer. The program will cover the Median Bearded Iris. E-mail for more information.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society

On Tuesday at 1 p.m., Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., AG will speak on “Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe.” For more information, visit

Don’t forget the Annual Spring Seminar, “Lost and Found – Your German Ancestors.” This will be April 28 at the Carmichael Park Community Center, 5750 Grant Ave in Carmichael. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The speaker will be John T. Humphrey. 782-5704.

Friendship Wednesdays

“Friendship Wednesdays” will be back at the Senior Center next week with a lunch and program at the Gold Country Community Center. Lunch at will be served at noon, followed by entertainment by Dave Ayala, vocal and guitar. The line-up for upcoming Wednesdays are as follows: Birthday Celebration, March 28; The Strum Bums ukulele band, April 4; Eddie Moore, cowboy singer, April 11; Vera Johnston, pianist, April 18; Birthday Celebration, Apr. 25. For more information, call 273-4961.


Come join us for our first meeting. A new college-age group is starting in the community. Auxano, pronounced “aux-e-ano,” is derived from a Greek word meaning to cause to grow. It is a Christ-focused group, exploring the infinite wonders our Lord possesses.

Our first meeting will be March 25 at 7 p.m. at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, 11665 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. We will meet the last Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call Shane Bost at 559-7929.

Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway Fraternal Organization

Gulldalen Lodge will be having a “Hard Times Dinner” (furnished by the Lodge), on April 9 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Dinner will be followed by a short business meeting and bingo. Wear a “hard times” costume if you have one. Please RSVP to Brenda Shilling at 432-5362 or Lenore Dahl at 274-8441.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Grass Valley Chapter #1335.

On March 8, members of NARFE, Chapter 1335, enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day lunch of corned beef and cabbage and a program that took us back 63 years to World War II. Bob Smith, a member of NARFE, chapter 1680 in the Sacramento area related his experiences as a POW in Germany from Dec. 1944 to April 1945.

Golden Empire Sams Club

The Sams Club’s March outing was to the Rancho Seco Recreational Area south of Sacramento and was hosted by Fred and Ann Fluke. Twelve Rigs made the trip. The club toured the wildlife preserve, which in maintained and operated by Performing Animals Wildlife Sanctuary. The club also toured the Amanda Blake Museum, which is within the park.

It was decided that a check from the Can Funds collected during the year be sent to the Ronald McDonald House.

Our April outing will be at the Parkway River Resort in Orland. If you would like to join Sams Club, please call Betty Hahn at 265-2303.

Chicago Park Garden Club

The Chicago Park Garden Club will meet next Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peardale Firehouse, 15057 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley. Featured speaker for the day will be Carolyn Singer on the theme “Rock Gardens.” Visitors are welcome. Wreaths and door swags for the California Garden Clubs, Inc. 75th Anniversary contest are due for judging.

Pressed Flower Card-making continues on April 9 and April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The arrangers group will meet April 26 at 9:30 a.m. to create a large mass design arrangement, the fourth lesson in the series.

All groups meet at the Peardale Firehouse.

Members will be participating in the Golden Foothills District fundraiser, “A Garden Extravaganza,” on April 19 from noon to 4 p.m.. It is to be held at the Maidu Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville. Demonstrations on a variety of topics will take place as well as booths for purchasing garden-related items. For more information please contact club president, Lori Stanley, at 273-6415.

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