Club briefs 11/3/07 |

Club briefs 11/3/07

Gold Country

Stamp Club

Regular meetings are at 7:30 p.m., the first and third Thursday of every month and are open to all. Starting Nov. 1, we will be meeting at our new location, the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley, in the dining room. For more information, call 272-3870.

Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

A monthly meeting is held at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday (or Monday) of each month at the Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley.

Pioneer Arts, Inc.

Art Club

Monthly meetings are held at 1 p.m., the second Wednesday, at The Center for the Arts, 134 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. There will be a different guest speaker each week. All are welcome.

Nevada County

Bonsai Club

A regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library. For more information, call 273-2628.

Gulldalen Lodge, Sons of Norway

Our 25th anniversary dinner party will be held at 1 p.m. at the Alta Sierra Country Club, on Sunday, Nov. 11. We are always looking for members who are interested in Norwegian culture and customs. For more information, contact Sylvia Nelson at 432-0995.

Donner Garden

Club of Auburn

The public is invited to attend the 52nd annual chrysanthemum and plant sale put on by members of the Donner Garden Club of Auburn. The sale will be held on today, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East St., Auburn, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admittance.

The Donner Garden Club of Auburn is a nonprofit organization that prides itself in community civic beautification, protection of native trees, plants and birds, stimulating the love and knowledge of gardening and encouraging civic recycling and litter removal. The club also funds a scholarship for students attending Sierra College.

There will be potted plants, cut flowers, arrangements, raffle prizes, dish gardens and “garden treasures.”

For more information, call 888-6118.

Native Daughters of the Golden West, Mazanita Parlor #29

A business meeting and balloting on perspective members will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 113 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 273-3746.

Nevada City Inner Wheel Club (spouses of Rotarians)

The monthly meeting of the Nevada City Inner Wheel club was held on Oct. 24 at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley.

Topics discussed were the Rotary Foundation dinner on Nov. 8, the Inner Wheel Friendship luncheon (a gathering of clubs throughout Northern California) on Nov. 10 in Berkeley and the district meeting on Nov. 13 in Sacramento. Updates were given on our continuing community projects: the KARE Crisis Nursery and the Maternity Health Clinic.

Our guest speaker was Dixie Redfearn, who recently left The Union newspaper and is now employed at KNCO.

This month’s meeting is Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m., at the Holbrooke Hotel. Anyone interested in attending, contact Claudia Edwards at 272-4818.


Garden Club

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, there will be a special visit to the Grass Valley Florist. Owner Ingrid Carter will demonstrate how to create festive centerpieces for the holidays.

Meet at JC Penney’s parking lot at 11 a.m. to carpool, as parking space is limited. Attendees may purchase specialty coffees from the coffee bar, and a 10 percent discount is being offered on items in the gift shop.

For more information, call 271-1297.

Area 64

Toastmasters Club

Several toastmasters, along with family members and friends – a total of 16 people – traveled to Sacramento on Oct. 19 to attend a Toastmasters Division speech contest.

The three clubs in Area 64 were represented: Empire, Motherlode and Early Risers. The humorous contest was won by LeeAnn Brook from Early Risers Club. Her hilarious speech, titled “Fishin,” described her experiences with online dating. The second contest was the extemporaneous contest called Table Topics. The winner, Anne King, is also a toastmaster from the Early Risers club. The topic was “In the Next 30 Years.” Anne was very funny as she imagined what it would be like to watch her daughter grow in “in the next 30 years.”

Both of the ladies will go on to compete in the district contests on Nov. 17 in Yuba City during the District 39 conferences.

For information about any of the toastmaster clubs in our area, call Anna Oates, Area 64 governor, at 272-4971.

Americans for Constitutional Integrity

Americans for Constitutional Integrity will be holding its next bimonthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the new Peace Center, 316 W. Main St. in Grass Valley, next to The Center for the Arts.

Please call the Peace Center at 273-4030, or e-mail ACI at for more information.

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association

The Nevada County Beekeepers Association will be meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, in the Veterans Memorial Building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Enter in the back door off of the parking lot. All visitors are welcome! Any questions about bees? Wondering about pollination and how it can help your garden and orchard? Always wanted to get bees? Join our lively regular question and answer session followed by a brief meeting, refreshments and a great program.

Program guest: Members Greg and Linnie McNaughton have been long-time beekeepers in Placer and Nevada counties for years. Not only a master canner and gardener, Linnie has also been making and selling natural soaps, lotions and other skin products out of nature’s best, using bee products, herbs and plants from her garden. Linnie McNaughton is a published author, had a shop in Meadow Vista for years and has held workshops to share her crafts.

This is a must-see program for people getting ready for the holidays, anyone needing a great gift to give or someone wondering what to do with all that beeswax they have. Linnie will talk about all sort of products with ingredients from the hive and bring samples of her work that you can easily make at home. She will have her two books available for purchase, “Kitchen Cosmetics” for $10, a culmination of her recipes of natural skin products from her classes; and “Lovely Lavenders” for $5, filled with tips on growing and using this wonderful herb for recipes, herbal crafts and skin products.

For more information, call our president, Shane Mahias, at 308-1376.

Captain John Oldham Chapter, DAR

At a recent meeting of the Captain John Oldham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, five new members were installed. Chapter Regent Beverly Moncrieff, Chaplain Sue Gill and Registrar Nancy McClellan performed the ceremony, welcoming Emily Boling, Joisse Brune, May Gere, Clover Jacobs and Coreena Ross as new DAR members.

Nevada County’s Captain John Oldham Chapter has grown steadily in recent years. There are currently 129 members in the local chapter, which is about double the size it was eight years ago. With a national motto of “God, Home and Country,” the important work of DAR encompasses the promotion of patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for our children.

The Captain John Oldham Chapter holds regular workshops to assist potential members with their research and completion of applications. A number of the chapter’s members are recognized as Field Genealogists, who are capable of assisting with the paperwork. For more information, please call 274-9710.

Early Risers Toastmasters

Toastmasters clubs are an ideal way to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Guests are always welcome at Toastmasters’ meetings. The Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Trolley Junction restaurant in Nevada City. Just show up. If you have questions, call Karen Chileski at 273-9777.

Our guest this morning was Anessa Wootton.

Anne King’s speech, “Cheetahs and Reamers and Gnomes, Oh My,” was about people’s passion for collecting unusual things.

Robert Stelson spoke about the creative process in “The Blank Sheet of Paper.”

Judy Nichols enlightened us about income tax deductions we can take as toastmasters in her speech, “Deducing Deductions.”

Speech evaluators were Janis Aydelott, Otto Haueisen and Larry Lansburgh.

Anne King won the outstanding speaker trophy and Otto Haueisen was the outstanding evaluator for his analysis of Robert Stelson’s speech.

LeeAnn Brook gave the best speech in the category of table topics, short improvised speeches on subjects presented to the speaker at the last second.

Mother Lode Toastmasters

Toastmaster Gary Peterman led the meeting this week. Distinguished Toastmaster Glen Boire, of KNCO, read “The Ballad of the Ice-worm Cocktail” by Robert W. Service, a poem in which a fake ice worm made of spaghetti is the subject of a bar bet. Joyce Peterman evaluated Glen and won as best evaluator. Congratulations.

Annabelle Robbins of Union Hill School presented “An Opportunity.” Annabelle won as best speaker, motivating fellow toastmasters to give others an opportunity to learn and grow by inviting them to attend a meeting. Annabelle shared how her involvement in Toastmasters gave her the courage to speak. She has been with Toastmasters for 17 years. Great job Annabelle!

Table topics master Deborah Meadows presented speakers with a number of Halloween themes. Gary Peterman won best table topics with his childhood account of “They’re Coming to Get Us.”

Valleri Wilhelm, club president, presented the educational moment with a focus on the Toastmaster Recognition Communication Track.

For more information, call our Vice President of Membership Ginger Kane at 268-1629, visit or, better yet, come to a meeting.

We meet from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays at 640 East Main St., Grass Valley (behind Valet Cleaners). We’ll leave the door open and save you a seat!

League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County

The November general meeting of the League of Women Voters will feature Gregory Diaz, Nevada County’s newly appointed clerk recorder and registrar of voters. Mr. Diaz will share his observations of our county’s electoral process and describe his duties as registrar of voters. This subject is particularly timely, given the upcoming elections in 2008.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. Members of the community are welcome to attend League meetings.

American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women’s annual Fellowship Awards luncheon recently was held in Mountain View. This event is hosted by the State AAUW to honor Education Foundation fellows and grant recipients in Northern California. Every year, the Educational Foundation arm of AAUW provides opportunities for women in the U.S. and foreign countries to apply for fellowships and grants toward advanced degrees. These awards may range from $20,000 to $30,000 to assist eligible women studying for advanced degrees.

The Educational Foundation also awards Community Action Grants to local, community based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs for women and girls. To learn more about these awards and grants, visit

To receive a brochure with additional information and application deadline dates, call the local AAUW information line at 470-9395.

Marine Corps League

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship to preserve the traditions and perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps. We are made up of active duty and honorably discharged Marines and FMF Navy Corpsmen. Our mission is to aid all Marines, their widows and orphans. Remember, there is no such thing as an “ex-Marine.”

We recently held our first annual Casino Night and it was a huge success! We are ramping up Toys for Tots and getting ready to put lots of smiles on children’s faces again this year, as we celebrate TFT’s 60th anniversary.

If you are a Marine, former Marine or Navy Corpsmen, please join us and reconnect with your brothers and sisters. We understand where you have been and what it means to be a Marine. We meet on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Our next meeting is Nov. 5. Come and see the commandant’s message and find out what birthday activities are available.

As Chesty said, “Old breed? New breed? There’s not a bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed.” For more information, call 272-5339, e-mail or visit

Save the Window Branch of the H.P.C.

At the recent meeting of the Save the Window branchof the H.P.C., the following occurred.

Joy Feller is doing a fantastic job in the gardens at historic St. Joseph’s, on the corner of S. Church and Dalton streets. She has diagrammed the gardens and named all the shrubs and trees. She is now working on naming the 117 rose bushes!

Richard McKenzie also gets many thanks for fixing the garden benches. They look beautiful.

St. Joseph’s stairs are being redone. H.P.C. doesn’t quite have the funds for their completion, but the Museum has donated $l,000, which is greatly appreciated.

Margaret Huddy’s beautiful watercolor painting of the O’Connor window was discussed. She has donated it to help raise funds to restore the window. She is a well-known Washington, D.C., artist who is on the Web. She has valued it at $1,200.

We are planning a garden, book, art and stuff sale in the spring. If anyone has something special and beautiful that they are planning on disposing of, do think of us.

We also need new members. With fundraisers coming in the spring, we could use more hands.

The next meeting will be at 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. l0, at Flo Hosbein’s home, 511 W. Main Street. Come if you can.

Friendship Wednesday

Lunch is served at noon on Friendship Wednesday at the Gold Country Community Center, followed by entertainment at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 273-4961.

PEO Chapter XC

PEO Chapter XC would like to announce its fifth annual Gals on the Go bus trip to San Francisco. The shopping trip will take place on Sat., Dec. 1, and the bus leaves from El Dorado Bank near Lake of the Pines at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $50 and includes transportation to Union Square and Pier 39, a light breakfast and evening snacks on the bus and a door-prize ticket. Return time will be approximately 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit women’s continuing education.

For more information, call 277-6048 or 268-0119.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley.

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