Club Briefs 10/13/07 |

Club Briefs 10/13/07

Early Risers Toastmasters

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club inducted a new member, Stephen De Sena. Welcome, Steven! Our guests were Diane Covington, Amy Perry and Belva Bradshaw. Larry Lansburgh spoke about ways to achieve any goal and lessons that he learned in the Amazon rain forest. Lori Burkart-Frank kept us smiling with an account of the royal treatment she received on a cruise ship. Janis Aydelott gave us a fascinating insight into the pleasures and benefits of owning a pet.

Evaluators were Paula Gleicher, Mick Tuttle and Robert Stelson. Past President Mike Crandall was in charge of Table Topics, which are short impromptu speeches. The topic of these speeches? Pieces of junk mail that Mike handed out.

Anne King won the Outstanding Table Topics trophy and Paula Gleicher was the outstanding evaluator. The Outstanding Speaker trophy went to Larry Lansburgh.

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club welcomes guests, who are never required to speak. We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant, in Nevada City. For questions, contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

On Monday, Oct. 8, club President Vallerie Wilhelm opened the meeting with a question for all members and guests: “What does Halloween mean to you?” After each person introduced themselves, Sarah McTighe, of Shepherds Financial Coaching, served as both toastmaster and a speaker, presenting “Saving Money Makes Sense.” It was a very timely speech considering the current economy and with the holidays quickly approaching! Thanks, Sarah!

New club member Jan Stockton of Isagenix presented “Dust off Your Dreams.” Jan was the winner that evening with a very touching and inspirational speech. Great job, Jan! Glen Boire of KNCO evaluated Jan Stockton and won as best evaluator.

Our Table Topics Master Gary Peterman encouraged plenty of laughter that evening with quotes from Yogi Berra, prompting members to explain… “Just exactly what did Yogi mean?” Linda Couper, of Windsor Capital Mortgage, was our Table Topics winner. Linda also presented our first “Educational Moment,” which focused on speech evaluations.

For more information, call Vice President of Membership Ginger Kane at 268-1629, visit, or better yet, come to a meeting. We meet Monday evenings at 6:45 at 640 East Main St., Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). We’ll leave the door open and save you a seat!

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Gloria Gibbel, member of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is currently teaching third grade at Glen View School in Gilroy, an elementary school where over 85 percent of the students are learning English as a second language. Mrs. Gibbel was instrumental in creating a 90-minute presentation designed to give students an introduction to the meaning of the Constitution in celebration of Constitution Week (Sept. 17 to 23, each year).

The students were introduced to the meaning of the Constitution with a PowerPoint presentation by Mrs. Gibbel. Then, the classes rotated to various stations. First, they wrote their class constitution, followed by reading and coloring their Constitution booklets. They then learned about the three branches of government with their weekly newspaper and watched a video and sang the preamble. Proud students had their pictures taken with their class constitutions. Mrs. Romaine Veronda, a member of Gabilan Chapter NSDAR, assisted with the stations and photography.

For more information, call 274-9710.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Our October general meeting and luncheon will feature one of our favorite events: a silent and live auction to benefit our Christmas Families Project that will take place at the Alta Sierra Club House on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The auction is an annual event in October and is a fundraiser to enable our club to create happy holiday experiences for local families in need at Christmas. Our auctioneer will again be the incomparable Bonnie Lawless.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for viewing of auction items. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Lunch choices will be sesame ginger glazed salmon with seasoned rice and seasonal vegetable or pasta primavera. Each entrée will be accompanied by mushroom soup and pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. Halloween costumes will be appropriate for those who wish to wear them. The cost of the luncheon is $17. Prepaid reservations must be received by Monday, Oct. 15.

Membership and luncheon information is available by calling 274-1955. New members are welcome and do not have to be newly arrived in Nevada County. In addition to monthly luncheons, the club sponsors many groups which satisfy a variety of interests for our members.


Eleanor Roosevelt to Be at Democratic Women’s Club Luncheon

Eleanor Roosevelt (as portrayed by Sheila O’Connell) was welcomed to the Holbrooke Hotel by officers of the Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club. Roosevelt will be speaking of the war years at the club’s annual Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon there on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. Her role as a revolutionary feminist will be discussed by Lynn Wenzel.

The public is invited and encouraged to wear period attire. They will also have the opportunity to donate and to take home china or silver.

President-Elect Linda Sather and Secretary Sandy Yanko greeted the former first lady. Proceeds from the event benefit the club’s scholarship program for Nevada County high school students.

RSVP by sending $20 to NCDWC, P.O. Box 1573, Grass Valley, CA 95945, or call club president Mona Matthias, 477-8034. Indicate choice of meal: chicken, flank steak or Caesar salad. Coffee or tea and dessert will be included.

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Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

Lunch is served at noon, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday: Oct. 17, Mark Lyons Ð ghost stories; Oct. 24, Ka Hale Hula Hawaiian Dancers; Oct. 31, Halloween Birthday Celebration. For more information, call 273-4961.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

The Northern Mines Business and Professional Women is celebrating National Business Women’s Week on Oct. 14. Molly Fisk; Sandy Schmidt; Mary Tucker; and Valerie Logsdon, an elder law attorney, will be honored. Attendees will also hear from Rachel Michelin, executive director of the California Elected Woman’s Association for Education and Research.

The celebration will take place at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 South School St., Grass Valley, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per person, and those wishing to attend should call Dee at 273-0257.

California Retired Teachers Association

More than 60 CRTA members from Area II met in Redding on Sept. 20 for the annual fall workshop. Members from the Nevada County division who attended were Bob Sharp, division president; Carole Siver; David Haight; Jack Meier; Jack Bacich; Gertrude Thibeault; David Starling and Joyce Starling. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together members from the area to discuss plans for the coming year and to be updated on activities at a state level. Polly Bacich, CRTA president elect, reviewed the recent court victory of CalSTRS over the state of California, including CRTA’s activity on behalf of CalSTRS.

Currently, the emphasis is on encouraging member contributions to the CRTA Political Action Committee. The PAC was established in 2005. PAC funds are not used to support candidates or political parties. They would be only used in relation to initiatives. Ken Hewitt, chair of the State Legislation Committee, reviewed the status of Social Security penalties’ legislation at the federal level, the status of the state level of current health-care legislation and a ballot initiative scheduled for 2008, which would permanently change the current retirement system for California teachers.

Sid Leube, Area II representative on the State Membership Committee, spoke of the importance of building membership and a statewide competition as a recruitment incentive. The goal for 2007 is a 15 percent increase in state membership. Also, Marty Mathiesen awards were presented at the workshop. The award is presented to those members who have made outstanding contributions to CRTA and the community. The Nevada County recipient was Edi Silverman. The award is named for Marty Mathiesen who was a former CRTA president and the retiree representative on the CalSTRS board for many years.

The Nevada County division meets five times during the year at the Alta Sierra Country Club. The next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 10. For more information, contact Bob Sharp at 273-1033.


The Gold Country German-American Club will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 13 at the Community/Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11350 McCourtney Road, in Grass Valley.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Music at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and $9 in advance. Lively dance music will be supplied by Joe Smiell and his Bavarian Band. A tasty German dinner with cake and coffee can be purchased. Beer and wine will be available. Enjoy German folk dancing by our own Alpine Dancers, and raffle prizes will complete the evening’s entertainment.

For information and/or to order tickets, call 272-6095, 272-3044 or 477-2205.

Gold Country Stamp Club

The next regular meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in the NID. old boardroom. Members will exchange philatelic information. The public is welcome. Beginning Nov. 1, the club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the spacious dinning room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 272-8684.

Nevada County All Veterans Standdown

The guiding principle and purpose of the Veterans Standdown Task Force is “Veterans Helping Veterans.” This is the theme that our volunteers focus on as they prepare to conduct their ninth annual veterans standdown.

This free two-day program offers all area veterans a chance for a new beginning: to move from their daily problems (stand down), into a setting where they have access to many services at one central location. Their participation connects the veterans and their families with the community and each other. The event takes place at the Nevada County Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, on Oct. 19 and 20. Vehicle parking is in back of the building and entry is at the front.

This is a huge and costly project, which requires the cooperation and coordination of many unpaid volunteers and nearly all service providers and organizations in the area. We will be offering a complete range of services, such as food and clothing, employment assistance, counseling, medical care (including flu shots if available), legal advocacy, social services, haircuts, dental screening and eye glasses to veterans from Nevada, Sierra and Placer counties. This includes men and woman who have recently returned from service in the Middle East.

Last year, we were able to assist more than 270 veterans, several of whom were homeless. Many of them used the opportunity to improve the lives of themselves and their families. We again plan to provide these services to all participants so all interested veterans are urged to attend. They may call 273-1612 for more information.

Donations of all kinds are welcome and appreciated. Monetary donations may be sent to Veterans Standdown 2007, P.O. Box 564, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club

Join the Sierra Nevada Canoe and Kayak Club on Thursday, Oct. 25. Our guest speaker this month will be Peggy Davidson, Recreation Manager for the Nevada Irrigation District. She will present an informative lecture on the NID lake system. A question and answer period will follow the presentation, along with handouts. The meeting will be held at Seaman Lodge at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. A meeting will follow at 7 p.m. The general public is welcome.

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