Club briefs 10/20/07 |

Club briefs 10/20/07

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

Speaking recently at a meeting of the local Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was Martha Leong, a candidate for the office of California DAR State Treasurer. Ms. Leong spoke to the Nevada County chapter about the DAR insignia and the many pins available and awarded for the multitude of worthy projects sponsored by the national women’s service organization. These projects primarily focus on three main issues: education for our children, preservation of American history and patriotism.

The DAR was established by an Act of Congress in 1890 and has admitted more than 850,000 women since its founding. Today there are more than 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters in 50 states, the District of Columbia and 11 foreign countries. Spanning three centuries of service, DAR’s mission remains vitally relevant, even in this changing world.

For more information about DAR’s community, state and national projects, please call 274-9710.

Chicago Park

Garden Club

Nancy Tilman, Lynne Hurrell, Cat Tenorio and Betty Williamson are ready to serve you at the Chicago Park Garden Club’s Victorian Tea on Nov. 8, 1 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church. Call 477-6229, for tickets.

Northern Mines Business and Professional Women

On Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, attendees of the Northern Mines Business and Professional Women’s annual celebration of National Business Women’s Week were informed and inspired by Rachel Michelin, keynote speaker. As executive director of California’s Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research, she spoke enthusiastically about the dire need for women to seek public office, from serving on the school board level through various commissions to county, state and national levels: “We need women on every level and in every political party.”

After Rachel’s speech, NMBPW member Rosemary Metrailer presented Women of the Year award certificates to three outstanding women in our community. The Honorees were Molly Fisk, author, poet and teacher; Sandy Schmidt, advocate for abused women and children; and Mary Tucker, tireless volunteer for services to the aging. Another NMBPW member, Debbie Lange, presented member Valerie Logsdon with the Women of Achievement certificate.

NMBPW welcomes new members of all ages and occupations. To learn more, call Laurel Knapp, president, at 273-8988.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Our lovely toastmaster for the evening was Linda Couper of Windsor Capital Mortgage. Happy Birthday Linda, we will miss you next week!

Denise Monsoor presented “Childhood Stories.” Denise gave some very practical tips regarding discipline and love and really caught our attention with the statement: “God gave me children so I could tell stories.” Veteran member Joyce Peterman presented “Shop Locally,” a very timely speech as citizens of Nevada County are being urged to patronize local businesses. Club President Vallerie Wilhelm was this evening’s winner with her speech, “Pets.” Valerie spoke about her first pet, Chlorine the guinea pig, from the perspective of a child. Congratulations, Valerie!

Our evaluators were Ginger Kane, Imants Kaupe and 90-plus years young member Mel Burris. Mel stole the show with his evaluation of Valerie and was the winning evaluator. Awesome Mel!

Juliet LeBoss of Entelechy Concepts was the Table Topics master, encouraging fellow toastmasters to demonstrate kitchen gadgets and create a convincing argument to keep or recycle them. Imants Kaupe demonstrated a French press and gave a very convincing argument in favor of this classic kitchen gadget. Imants was the Table Topics winner tonight. Thanks, Imants!

Our guest this evening was Karen Loffler. Karen is considering our club after a recently relocating to Nevada County. Welcome, Karen!

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

Early Risers Toastmasters Club

The Early Risers Toastmasters Club, this week guided by Toastmaster Diane DiLeo, featured three fascinating speeches. Otto Haueisen’s speech, “Get Rid of the Dead Hand of the Past,” reminded us that what we learn does not always serve us. Tina Visco took us back centuries in her imaginary time machine for a look at sages who were discussing “The Five Elements.” And Al Alstrand clarified how the product RainX improves the visibility of windshields. Evaluators were Shawn Tuttle, Sylvia Pichitino and Karen Chileski. Sylvia Pichitino was outstanding evaluator and Otto Haueisen was outstanding speaker.

Every week we have Table Topics, short extemporaneous speeches whose subject the speaker doesn’t know until the last second. This week’s winner was George Chileski.

Our guests were John Cunningham, Timon Phillips and Amy Parry. Guests are never required to speak unless they want to. If you’re interested in the Early Risers Toastmasters Club, we meet every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City.

For more information, contact Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

The Nevada County Camera Club

The next meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling County Library, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City. Our guest speaker will be PSA Judge Byron Hindman. The assigned subject for October is animals. Please visit our Web site,, for details. Refreshments will be served. Guests welcome.

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.

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 today, Saturday, 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 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.

The Web site is

Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center

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


American Association of University Women

Members of AAUW will have the opportunity to meet and hear about public benefit organizations in Nevada County: Kids Assistance and Respite in Emergencies, introduced by Lynn Woerner, executive director; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition with Angie Trathen; Prevention and Outreach Coordinator and Community Recovery Resources with Jim Phelps, development director. There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentations.

The program is planned for Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. Grass Valley. Members are reminded this is a new meeting location for AAUW. The public is welcome to attend.

For AAUW information, call 470-9395.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS)

Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., AG will speak at the next meeting on “How Events Following the Religious Reformation Affect Our Work in German Family History.” The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at St. Mark’s Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lusk Dr. and St. Marks Way, Sacramento.

To proclaim that “one thing leads to another” might risk being looked upon as a simpleton. But not so fast! As German family historians, we need to recognize how events proceeding from the Reformation, for example, can require knowledge of the events that followed. As we trace through the last 500 years of German history, we find that each phase must be taken into account if we are to expand our knowledge of our ancestors’ lives and make wise research decisions. This program will help put our ancestors’ lives into historical context.

A professor of German family history at Brigham Young University in Utah, Dr. Minert served for many years as a professional researcher in German family history. One of our most popular speakers, he has spoken at many SGGS events. Accredited for research in Germany and Austria, Dr. Minert has logged more than 1,000 hours in European archives. A student of German for more than 35 years and fluent in the language, he has authored numerous books related to the field of German family history. He has proved himself not only an expert in German research, but as a teacher skilled at delivering information in an arresting and useful manner.

For more information, call (916) 645-1715 or visit


The Marine Corps League

The Marines are looking for a few good men and women to come to the Marine Corps League’s 1st Annual Casino Night and Costume Party fundraiser. The fundraiser will be Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at: The Book Seller in Grass Valley, The Mine Shaft in Nevada City or online at

With your ticket you’ll receive: Entrance to the party; gourmet desserts (made by a five-star pastry chef); great casino style games; great raffle prizes (casinos, dinner, hotel and ski packages, as well as packages from local vendors); no host bar; and a costume contest (you don’t have to wear a costume to come have a good time).

Where does the money go?: Friends of Nevada County Military; Nevada County – Toys-4-Tots; Wounded Warriors Program (Marines helping Marines); Fisher House (Ronald MacDonald House for military families to be with loved ones while they go through recovery); Adopt-A-Squad care package program for the men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq; toward sponsoring local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts; assisting disabled veterans; assisting marines, FMF Corpsmen and their families in need; The Marine Corps League.

For more information, call 272-5339, e-mail or visit our Web site at

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.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

A potluck and regular meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 20. Potluck begins at noon; meeting begins at 1 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway

An authentic Norwegian luncheon will be held Saturday, Oct. 28. Seatings will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Gold Country Community Center. Open to the public. $10 donation; $5 for children under 12. For tickets or more information, call 273-2353 or 432-5369.

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